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Title: American Football news
Post by: A James on August 13, 2012, 11:22:33 PM
St. Louis Rams back out of London games in 2013 and 2014

The Rams were scheduled to host the annual NFL game in London for three years, starting this season. They have backed out today.  Looks like the Jaguars could be ready to pounce on the now open dates.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on August 14, 2012, 06:05:21 AM
Well, if London turns out for them, there is a chance that they might play more of their games in London each year - say about 8.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on August 14, 2012, 06:30:04 AM
Jaguars beat Giants in this weeks pre-season game.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 14, 2012, 07:05:16 AM
Dolphins release Chad Johnson (Ochocinco) http://espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp12/story/_/id/8265496/joe-philbin-says-chad-johnson-fit-miami-dolphins

And it was because he didn't fit the team and had nothing to do with his arrest for head butting his wife honest :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on August 14, 2012, 07:17:55 AM
He sounds like a delightful fellow.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on August 14, 2012, 07:26:42 AM
I think you're slightly misinterpreting Coach Philbin there, Mike.  I believe what he is saying is that it was not only the arrest - he had already had words with him about coming into a team meeting to which he was not invited, and about swearing during an interview.  The indications were that they were getting fed up with him even before the arrest, and that the decision to let him go was made by Coach Philbin and not by management or owners above him.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 14, 2012, 07:40:14 AM
I think you're slightly misinterpreting Coach Philbin there, Mike.  I believe what he is saying is that it was not only the arrest - he had already had words with him about coming into a team meeting to which he was not invited, and about swearing during an interview.  The indications were that they were getting fed up with him even before the arrest, and that the decision to let him go was made by Coach Philbin and not by management or owners above him.

Your right James I think he was on his way out anyway and obviously his arrest didn't help his cause


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on August 15, 2012, 08:49:44 PM
There may be some QB excuses in this weekend's pre-season games. The NFL are looking to use this week to trial balls with synthetic laces, and some of the top QBs are already muttering about cuts and changed flight of the balls.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on August 15, 2012, 09:28:05 PM
Dolphins release Chad Johnson (Ochocinco) http://espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp12/story/_/id/8265496/joe-philbin-says-chad-johnson-fit-miami-dolphins

And it was because he didn't fit the team and had nothing to do with his arrest for head butting his wife honest :D

Hang on, Johnson is Ochocinco? What's with the multiple names?

Back when he joined the Pats last year, he seemed to have a bigger mouth than talent. Now it looks like he's an utter toss wunt in his personal life, too.

...Maybe he should join the Jets...  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on August 15, 2012, 09:39:18 PM
He changed his name to match his number, and now changed it back.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on August 15, 2012, 10:06:20 PM
Shame he wasn't No. 55 - he could've been called A55hole.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 21, 2012, 07:31:00 AM
Jaguars to play home games in London:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8286397/report-jacksonville-jaguars-play-multiple-home-games-london-starting-2013


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on August 21, 2012, 07:55:23 AM
Jacksonville struggle to get a crowd so this will be good.  Perhaps it will persuade people of Jacksonville to support their team in case they decide to play all of their games in London.

I wonder how people of the UK choose to support particular teams.  (For me it is because I lived in Massachusetts, so I followed the Pats when they were 1 and 15 back in the nineties.)  I can't see there being much appeal for Jacksonville - it could easily be a case of we'll support whoever they play.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 21, 2012, 08:06:04 AM
I chose the 49ers as when I started watching American Football they were the team I saw most often this would have been towards the end of the Montana era from about 1987-88 on I think that's the first Superbowl I remember watching


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 21, 2012, 08:09:26 AM
I think I support the Dallas Cowboys, just because they were on the opening credits of Dallas.

I don't really pay much attention though. It's like saying my speedway team is Poole Pirates.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on August 21, 2012, 08:54:37 AM
New York Giants - from before they started showing games on Ch4, but I don't know why. Probably from a mention in the distant past on the annual World of Sport / Grandstand NFL report.
They've always had a few good players, but being (almost) in New York, the press and fan pressure means they always seem to be on the verge of blowing up, one way or another.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on August 21, 2012, 08:59:46 AM
I support the Miami Dolphins because the first player I saw any film of was Dan Marino.  I have some American friends of the family to thank for introducing me to the game before Channel 4 really took it on.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on August 21, 2012, 11:04:22 AM
Will no one admit to supporting the Jags?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on August 21, 2012, 11:47:03 AM
Wouldn't expect so.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on August 21, 2012, 11:51:28 AM
Especially people from Jacksonville.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Robert on August 21, 2012, 01:01:35 PM
Will no one admit to supporting the Jags?

Isn't John Prescott on their team?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 21, 2012, 01:58:13 PM
He's their number two.

Well he's A number two


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: ursula on August 21, 2012, 08:22:16 PM
Which team have the better legs?

Good to support a team with good legs ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on August 21, 2012, 08:25:08 PM
I support the Patriots, as I'm sure everyone knows by now. Originally, it was because they were the team my best mate supported, so it was the logical choice. Now I've really gotten into the sport, I have a lot of admiration for the way the Pats play the game and all other aspects of that team just feels right to me. So, there we are.

As long as no-one here likes the Jets...  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on August 21, 2012, 09:01:27 PM
Or the Dolphins.  A true New Englander hates - the LA Lakers, the Montreal Canadiens, the New York Y*nk**s and the Miami Dolphins. 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on August 21, 2012, 10:46:42 PM
The Dolphins are total sh*t on Madden 12. They always call up the f*cking Wildcat when it's most useless - which is always.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on August 22, 2012, 06:18:21 AM
Just spotted that the Giants beat (really beat) the Jets in last weekend's pre-season game. Bet that went down well.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on August 22, 2012, 06:21:55 AM
As an extra to how your team was chosen. I support the giants, but in the past I always watched out for any team where Jerry Glanville was head coach. Any coach that always left a game ticket for Elvis Presley at every game was always interesting. Is Jerry still doing any TV work?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 22, 2012, 07:08:50 AM
As an extra to how your team was chosen. I support the giants, but in the past I always watched out for any team where Jerry Glanville was head coach. Any coach that always left a game ticket for Elvis Presley at every game was always interesting. Is Jerry still doing any TV work?


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On March 21, 2011, the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League announced that Glanville would serve as the team's head coach and general manager.[2] The Colonials suspended operations in August of that year; Glanville would remain with the league as a consultant, color commentator for the league's television broadcasts, and liaison for potential expansion markets.

That's the most recent info I can find on him taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Glanville#United_Football_League


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Brom on August 22, 2012, 08:27:56 AM
Rugby Jim? - well not as we know it!


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on August 22, 2012, 09:02:56 AM

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On March 21, 2011, the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League announced that Glanville would serve as the team's head coach and general manager.[2] The Colonials suspended operations in August of that year; Glanville would remain with the league as a consultant, color commentator for the league's television broadcasts, and liaison for potential expansion markets.


Do I dare ask - What is a color commentator?



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 22, 2012, 09:10:07 AM


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On March 21, 2011, the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League announced that Glanville would serve as the team's head coach and general manager.[2] The Colonials suspended operations in August of that year; Glanville would remain with the league as a consultant, color commentator for the league's television broadcasts, and liaison for potential expansion markets.



Do I dare ask - What is a color commentator?





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_commentator

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A color commentator (color analyst, analyst) is a sports commentator who assists the play-by-play announcer, often by filling in any time when play is not in progress. The color analyst and main commentator will often exchange comments freely throughout the broadcast, when the play-by-play announcer is not describing the action. The color commentator provides expert analysis and background information, such as statistics, strategy and injury reports on the teams and athletes, and occasionally anecdotes or light humor. Color commentators are often former athletes or coaches of the sport being broadcast.

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In the United Kingdom, the term 'color commentator' is unknown; rather the role is called 'summariser', 'analyst', 'pundit' or 'co-commentator'.

So back when you had Summerall and Madden or Michaels and Madden.  Summerall and Michaels were the play by play guys while Madden was the 'color commentator'


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on August 22, 2012, 09:38:57 AM
I suppose that's what the great Mike Carlson is on Channel 4's NFL coverage, though they don't commentate on the broadcast from America directly.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 22, 2012, 10:02:43 AM
I suppose that's what the great Mike Carlson is on Channel 4's NFL coverage, though they don't commentate on the broadcast from America directly.

Carlson is a studio analyst rather than a commentator as you say they don't commentate on the game directly.  The big US networks will all have a studio based pre-game show that we don't usually get to see where they have the likes of Deion Sanders and Tony Dungy and other ex players and coaches as studio analysts.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on August 22, 2012, 11:14:12 AM
Most commentators just prattle on and on and on and... without communicating anything useful. 

John Madden was better than most.  An interesting guy whose fear of flying meant that as he would go across the US in a tour bus.

The best of the lot for me was baseball analyst Joe Morgan who gave very thoughful comments.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 22, 2012, 11:20:17 AM
Most commentators just prattle on and on and on and... without communicating anything useful. 

John Madden was better than most.  An interesting guy whose fear of flying meant that as he would go across the US in a tour bus.

The best of the lot for me was baseball analyst Joe Morgan who gave very thoughful comments.

Agree about Joe Morgan he was a great baseball analyst


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on August 22, 2012, 11:59:24 AM
I also agree about Joe Morgan.
I miss Ch5 not having the baseball to entertain me now.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 22, 2012, 12:07:49 PM
I also agree about Joe Morgan.
I miss Ch5 not having the baseball to entertain me now.


I don't often find time to watch it but I get live baseball on ESPN which I get with my Virgin media package


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on August 22, 2012, 12:41:31 PM
Interesting scores from the second week of the pre-season games. The Browns trounced the Packers, the Bengals beat the Falcons, the Lions beat the Ravens, the Giants beat the Jets (ahahahahahahaha) and, perhaps the most surprising result, the Seahawks really beat the new Peyton Manning-led Broncos. I know it's only the pre-season and some of the teams may have left their key players on the bench (like the Patriots did), but it's always interesting to see how teams are faring as they gear up for the new season.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 22, 2012, 12:53:53 PM
I want to see Handball on telly, not rugby for ponces or glorified rounders.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 22, 2012, 01:09:24 PM
Interesting scores from the second week of the pre-season games. The Browns trounced the Packers, the Bengals beat the Falcons, the Lions beat the Ravens, the Giants beat the Jets (ahahahahahahaha) and, perhaps the most surprising result, the Seahawks really beat the new Peyton Manning-led Broncos. I know it's only the pre-season and some of the teams may have left their key players on the bench (like the Patriots did), but it's always interesting to see how teams are faring as they gear up for the new season.

Manning played the first half for the Broncos and led two scoring drives giving the Broncos a 10-9 half time lead, their backups were the outscored 21-0 in the 2nd half but Manning also threw two interceptions. 

His numbers for the game were 16/23 for 177yds 0TD's 2INT.

In the same game Terrell Owens failed to catch any of the 5 passes thrown to him by QB Matt Flynn

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Flynn targeted him five times. The first was behind him, the second was over his head, the third was knocked away by Elvis Dumervil and then cornerback Champ Bailey broke up a slant pass.
The fifth incompletion was all on Owens.

Info from http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=320818007


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 22, 2012, 02:54:28 PM
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The BrittBowl is being streamed live.. @London_Warriors Vs @LondonBlitz 6pmSunday on GridironTV

http://www.gridirontv.co.uk/


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on August 22, 2012, 04:27:35 PM
I may have to tune in to that.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on August 23, 2012, 02:58:02 PM
"BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
Tonight at 18:30 BST on sports extra we have live baseball commentary for you with Houston Astros against the St Louis Cardinals in the Major League. You can access sports extra via the website or on DAB digital radio."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on August 23, 2012, 04:09:52 PM
That's not American football news.  >:(


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: landslug on August 23, 2012, 06:05:57 PM
That looks like fun!
Hopefully I can watch it over here

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The BrittBowl is being streamed live.. @London_Warriors Vs @LondonBlitz 6pmSunday on GridironTV

http://www.gridirontv.co.uk/


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on August 23, 2012, 07:09:41 PM
It will be crap.  Seriously.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on August 23, 2012, 07:10:19 PM
That's not American football news.  >:(
Some people in this thread expressed an interest in baseball.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on August 23, 2012, 07:49:28 PM
I far prefer baseball to gridiron.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 24, 2012, 12:51:43 PM
Last night's scores:

Packers 27 23 Bengals
Rodgers runs for 2 TDs in Pack win over Cincy (http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=320823004)

Jaguars 17 48 Ravens
Flacco tosses 2 TDs in Ravens' rout of Jaguars (http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=320823033)

Cardinals 27 32 Titans
Locker throws 2 TDs, lifts Titans past Cardinals (http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=320823010)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on August 24, 2012, 02:12:25 PM
Flacco tosses 2 TDs in Ravens' rout of Jaguars

Heh. That should sound wrong.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on August 24, 2012, 02:13:39 PM
Cardinals 27 32 Titans
Locker throws 2 TDs, lifts Titans past Cardinals (http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=320823010)

Locker for the Titans? What happened to Hasselbeck?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 24, 2012, 02:39:20 PM
Cardinals 27 32 Titans
Locker throws 2 TDs, lifts Titans past Cardinals (http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=320823010)

Locker for the Titans? What happened to Hasselbeck?

Titans selected Locker as their starting QB for the season http://espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp12/story/_/id/8284220/tennessee-titans-select-jake-locker-starting-qb


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 24, 2012, 02:48:08 PM
John Clayton's QB rankings:

1-10 (http://espn.go.com/nfl/preview12/story/_/id/8276502/nfl-quarterback-rankings-john-clayton-reveals-2012-hierarchy-signal-callers-part-1)

11-20 (http://espn.go.com/nfl/preview12/story/_/id/8295967/nfl-quarterback-rankings-john-clayton-reveals-2012-hierarchy-signal-callers-part-2)

21-32 (http://espn.go.com/nfl/preview12/story/_/id/8295968/nfl-quarterback-rankings-john-clayton-reveals-2012-hierarchy-signal-callers-part-3)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 25, 2012, 09:27:10 AM
Friday's scores:

Eagles 27 10 Browns

Falcons 23 6 Dolphins

Patriots 28 30 Buccs

Seahawks 44 13 Chiefs

Chargers 12 10 Vikings

Bears 20 17 Giants


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on August 25, 2012, 12:13:46 PM
Glad to see the Seahawks get a pre-season win. I hope the tide turns for them soon - they're my underdog team I support.

I was impressed with how the Pats managed to play catch up to the Bucs who got out a very long lead at one point, but a shame it wasn't quite enough.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on August 25, 2012, 05:54:27 PM
These games mean nothing at all.  They really aren't worth worrying about.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on August 25, 2012, 06:05:41 PM
Word.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on August 25, 2012, 08:43:02 PM
These games mean nothing at all.  They really aren't worth worrying about.

They let you know if the training camp worked, and how many complete numpty's the front office have signed for the coaching staff to despair of.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on August 26, 2012, 03:03:08 PM
Indeed, but the results mean nothing at all really.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on August 26, 2012, 03:51:29 PM
That's my justification when the Giants lose in pre-season.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on August 27, 2012, 12:06:13 PM
These games mean nothing at all.  They really aren't worth worrying about.

Correct, but they're still fun. Especially as how the Jets have now played three games and failed to make a Touchdown in every single one.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on August 27, 2012, 12:08:17 PM
I finally got to 100 wins against my mate (who only managed 88) on Madden 12 yesterday. With Madden 13 out on Friday, I definitely win that game (just as I beat him at Madden 11 the year before).  :)

Yeah, I know it's not proper NFL news, but still, it made me happy.  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 28, 2012, 06:58:45 AM
Scott Kelby is a photographer who's blog I've been reading for a while.  Last season he started shooting NFL games and this season he's going to be covering the Buccaneers for the whole season.

Here are some of his great photos from the pre-season games (includes the Patriots for Mouse)
http://scottkelby.com/2012/some-shots-from-my-preseason-shoots/


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 28, 2012, 09:04:09 AM
Aaron Hernandez has signed a contract extension with the Patriots to stay with the team through 2018:

http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/8306183/new-england-patriots-tight-end-aaron-hernandez-agree-extension-sources-say


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on August 28, 2012, 12:42:03 PM
It's a very wise move. The combination of Gronkowski and Hernandez (AKA, the Boston TE Party) is a force to be reckoned with. I saw that there's some concern over the future of Wes Welker's involvement with the Pats, but even though to lose Welker would be a significant loss indeed, I think they've made the right decision in investing in the young TE duo.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 31, 2012, 10:05:57 AM
Accuscore computers predict scores for all this seasons games here are the predictions for the teams people said they supported in this thread.

new-england-patriots (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/1/new-england-patriots-2012-season-projections)

miami-dolphins (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/4/miami-dolphins-2012-season-projections)

dallas-cowboys (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/17/dallas-cowboys-2012-season-projections)

new-york-giants (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/19/new-york-giants-2012-season-projections)

san-francisco-49ers (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/29/san-francisco-49ers-2012-season-projections)

If you want to view every teams use the Patriots link above and then use the right arrow that appears as the Patriots is the first in the gallery


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 31, 2012, 03:59:37 PM
A note from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell:

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To NFL Fans:


The 2012 NFL regular season is about to begin, and it promises to be another exciting, competitive, and unpredictable year of football which NFL fans have come to expect every season.

Part of our responsibility in helping teams and players prepare for each NFL season is to make sure they understand and respect league policies and rules. As always, we hold everyone, including ourselves, strictly accountable for protecting the integrity of the game, starting with the health and safety of our players. This year is no exception - bringing with it a clear, consistent, and renewed emphasis on enforcing our longstanding “bounty” prohibition.

Let me be clear: there is no place for bounties in football. No exceptions. No excuses. Bounties are an affront to everything that competitive sports should represent. Everyone in the NFL is responsible for adhering to these rules and we are all accountable for protecting the safety of our players - present and future.

The bounty prohibition forbids offering or accepting any reward - cash or otherwise - for on-field misconduct, plays that incentivize or result in injury to opposing players, or for performance against an opposing player, group of players, or team. The bounty prohibition not only preserves the competitive integrity of our game, but also protects player safety by removing incentives that could lead to dangerous play or unnecessary and/or intentional injury. As a league, we will ensure that the prohibition against bounties is clearly understood and consistently enforced. Period.

We will aggressively protect the health, safety and long-term livelihood of our players, both on the field and off. We can preserve the fierce competition that makes football great, while simultaneously committing to the relentless pursuit of safer play. Our players do not make excuses on the field; we will not make them off the field.

It is our job to protect, preserve, and promote the game of football that we all love. We want an exciting game featuring the world’s most talented football players enjoying long and successful careers. The bounty prohibition plays an instrumental role in achieving that. And we are committed to holding every team, player and owner accountable.

We appreciate your interest and hope you enjoy the 2012 NFL season.
Roger Goodell



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on August 31, 2012, 04:49:02 PM
Accuscore computers predict scores for all this seasons games here are the predictions for the teams people said they supported in this thread.

new-england-patriots (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/1/new-england-patriots-2012-season-projections)

miami-dolphins (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/4/miami-dolphins-2012-season-projections)

dallas-cowboys (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/17/dallas-cowboys-2012-season-projections)

new-york-giants (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/19/new-york-giants-2012-season-projections)

san-francisco-49ers (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/29/san-francisco-49ers-2012-season-projections)

If you want to view every teams use the Patriots link above and then use the right arrow that appears as the Patriots is the first in the gallery

Giants 9-7. I'd be happy, but mamy NY press would be out for blood (as usual).


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on August 31, 2012, 11:21:46 PM
Fifteen and One.  Unlikely.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 01, 2012, 09:37:27 AM
They have the Dolphins losing twice to the Bills and once to the Colts.  Can't see that happening.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on September 03, 2012, 04:49:15 PM
Patriots 3 - Giants 6.
That must have been thrilling.
Yes - nothing of note on Game Centre.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 05, 2012, 06:47:06 PM
BBC to air Monday Night Football live via Red Button and online:

http://www.nfluk.com/opinions/articles/bbc-air-nfl-monday-night-football-red-button-and-online


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on September 05, 2012, 08:00:34 PM
I think that tonight is the first game.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 05, 2012, 08:10:22 PM
It is - the Cowboys at the Giants


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on September 05, 2012, 09:08:08 PM
According to the schedule at nfluk.com, Channel 4 have the Sunday night game (Steelers at Broncos this weekend) and the monday naight games (Bengals at Ravens, followed by Chargers at Raiders) are both on BBC Sport (assume red button).
I might be a bit sleepy early next week.



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on September 06, 2012, 06:25:04 AM
The BBC are showing highlight on Monday nights.  I have no idea of the timing, but I guess it can be recorded.

These days I find the whole thing just too tedious to watch with 3 minutes of adverts inbetween every 5 minutes of games - and of that 5 minutes, about 4 minutes is spent with the teams just chatting.  I wonder what that are saying in the group hug.  Discussing hair-care products perhaps?

Also, some of the commentary is so inane - telling me something that I can see.

So - the best way to watch this is to record it and watch the recording, fast forwarding over the adverts, and with the sound muted.  That way a 3 hour game can be enjoyed in about 75 minutes - or if you cut out the group hugs, about 30 minutes.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 06, 2012, 07:05:56 AM
The BBC are showing highlight on Monday nights.  I have no idea of the timing, but I guess it can be recorded.

These days I find the whole thing just too tedious to watch with 3 minutes of adverts inbetween every 5 minutes of games - and of that 5 minutes, about 4 minutes is spent with the teams just chatting.  I wonder what that are saying in the group hug.  Discussing hair-care products perhaps?

Also, some of the commentary is so inane - telling me something that I can see.

So - the best way to watch this is to record it and watch the recording, fast forwarding over the adverts, and with the sound muted.  That way a 3 hour game can be enjoyed in about 75 minutes - or if you cut out the group hugs, about 30 minutes.

Which is part of the reason why I download the games as all the ad's are cut out already  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on September 06, 2012, 09:13:18 AM
The BBC are showing highlight on Monday nights.  I have no idea of the timing, but I guess it can be recorded.


I don't think the BBC coverage is highlights. I believe they're showing the Monday night games live on the red button (or channel 301 possibly): Bengals at Ravens at 00:01, followed by Chargers at Raiders at 03:15 in the morning (ie Tuesday morning) - UK times.

Details from http://www.nfluk.com/tv-audio/schedule (http://www.nfluk.com/tv-audio/schedule)



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: benb on September 06, 2012, 10:28:09 AM
Big college game in Dublin(again). 35,000 across from States for it boosting Irish economy by 100 million euros :o


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 10, 2012, 05:30:14 PM
The BBC Monday Night Football games will also be available on iplayer for 7 days


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 10, 2012, 06:09:51 PM
Will have to try to watch some while I am away this week then  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 10, 2012, 06:27:55 PM
I've managed to watch the Thursday Cowboys @ Giants and last night's Channel 4 game the Steelers @ Broncos so far hope to see the 49ers @ Packers game


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on September 11, 2012, 12:08:31 PM
By all accounts, that 49ers - Packers game was a good 'un.

I'm currently watching last night's Chargers - Raiders match on the iPlayer. I saw a little bit of Bengals - Ravens last night, but it's not available yet. I completely miss-timed Sunday night, so missed C4's game, but I hope I can watch that on their OD service at some point.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on September 11, 2012, 12:27:52 PM
I think it's funny that you guys over there know a whole lot more about it than I do...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 11, 2012, 12:36:45 PM
By all accounts, that 49ers - Packers game was a good 'un.

I'm currently watching last night's Chargers - Raiders match on the iPlayer. I saw a little bit of Bengals - Ravens last night, but it's not available yet. I completely miss-timed Sunday night, so missed C4's game, but I hope I can watch that on their OD service at some point.

I have the 49ers game ready to watch when I get home from work :) and I'll watch the games on iplayer at some point


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on September 11, 2012, 12:57:01 PM
I think it's funny that you guys over there know a whole lot more about it than I do...

To me, American sports are more interesting than what we usually get over here!  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on September 11, 2012, 03:17:59 PM
good ole green grass and all.

;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on September 11, 2012, 04:20:16 PM
I think it's funny that you guys over there know a whole lot more about it than I do...

To me, American sports are more interesting than what we usually get over here!  :D
I'm not sure about that.  The latest is that another attempt is being made to set up a US cricket league.  There are a lot of expat Indians in the US, and so this might succeed.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 11, 2012, 05:10:51 PM
Mouse I have the Patriots game if you want it I can put it in a dropbox folder for you to download but it is 4.59GB as it's 1280x720 HD resolution


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on September 12, 2012, 09:53:42 AM
Eek! I'd love to have it Mike, but I fear our download amount for the month will collapse if I download it.  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 13, 2012, 08:30:22 PM
Watching the Redskins@Saints impressive first NFL start for RGIII


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on September 17, 2012, 09:34:43 AM
Giants win. God only knows what happened to the Bucs to allow the Giants to score 25 points in the 4th quarter.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 17, 2012, 09:53:40 AM
Miami trounced the Raiders, and the Pats and the Jets lost = perfect.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 17, 2012, 11:34:59 AM
49ers win to go 2-0 :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on September 17, 2012, 12:02:04 PM
The 9ers are looking good.  The Pats will get better as the season goes on.

Well done to the Dolphins for beaing the Raiders.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on September 17, 2012, 11:40:31 PM
I'm kinda happy for the Cardinals. If the Pats are going to play like crap, they weill lose and that serves them right for playing like crap. Shape up!

And I think I've spoiled the result of the Sunday Channel 4 match, but oh well. I'll watch it later in the week anyway.  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on September 17, 2012, 11:41:37 PM
In other news, myself and my friend are finally sorted for our trip to join Mike at Wembley at the end of October. So yippee and all that.  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on September 24, 2012, 08:53:39 AM
Played last Thursday but I forgot, Giants now 2-1.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 24, 2012, 09:26:38 AM
Dolphins beat themselves.  Have the same record as the Pats.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on September 24, 2012, 12:02:01 PM
Well, last night's match was a bit of an odd one. The Patriots and the Ravens seemed to be very evenly matched and the power struggle lasted all game. The Patriots had control right up until the end of the third quarter, where they didn't managed to take the lead they needed to ensure victory and the Ravens took it by one point. Add to that a couple of seriously stupid penalties on their defence and the Ravens took a well deserved win, especially under the tragic circumstances of Torrey Smith. Still, a loss is a loss just as a win is a win, so that's that.

I really do like the look of the Pats' offence even without Hernandez and their defence, those few mistakes aside, is also looking very good indeed. Certainly much better than in the last few seasons. I'm sure the best if yet to come from them.

However, the game was almost ruined by the beyond embarrassing work of the replacement so-called "referees". Shocking, absolutely shocking. One didn't penalise the Ravens player who was very clearly beating Wes Welker about the head as it happened in front of him and another called a holding penalty on a Pats defender despite not being able to see the accused action which, as every replay and alternative angle clearly showed, was complete bullsh*t (bullsh*t being the favoured word of the baying Baltimore home crowd as the berrated the "refs" for penaliing Coach Harbaugh - which he did actually deserve, but still). This referee lockout thing needs to be resolved as soon as, because it's going to f*ck up many games to come if not.

As for the other week three games, there were a good few interesting scores. And has someone spiked Arizona's water supply, or something?  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on September 25, 2012, 11:52:36 AM
I must watch the hightlights of the Lions-Titans game.
They must have given up with the defences because 46 points were scored in the 4th quarter.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on September 25, 2012, 03:56:44 PM
The highlights are indeed impressive. Great stuff.

I watched the Packers / Seahawks match last night. Bizarre. And it's still causing a big upset...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on September 27, 2012, 05:43:44 PM
The proper officials are back! The lockout has been resolved.

Also, this (http://www.buzzfeed.com/benrosen/all-32-nfl-quarterbacks-their-muppet-doppelgange) has had me in stitches.  :D :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on October 02, 2012, 06:23:10 AM
Giants beaten by the Eagles. Only seen the first quarter so far but neither offence was inspiring.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 02, 2012, 04:39:49 PM
Pats beat Bills.  :)

49ers twat Jets.  ;D

Cardinals are now 4-0.  :o


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on October 02, 2012, 04:42:03 PM

Cardinals are now 4-0.  :o

It's already an odd season.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 02, 2012, 08:48:42 PM
Dolphins beat themselves for the second week in a row  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 02, 2012, 08:56:10 PM
That's about right.  Miami are so bad, that the only team that they can beat is themselves.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 02, 2012, 09:38:08 PM
 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 02, 2012, 09:42:25 PM
That's about right.  Miami are so bad, that the only team that they can beat is themselves.

The thing is...they're not.  Their run defence is elite.  Their running game is elite.  The passing game may just have brought in the receiver it needs.  The pass rush got 8 sacks against Arizona.  The secondary needs work.  The kicker is not as reliable as he was.  2 OT losses which should have been wins, and in a couple more weeks probably would be...

Exciting times.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 02, 2012, 10:39:37 PM
Just watching a repeat of the Bears thrashing the Cowboys. Good fun.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 02, 2012, 10:55:36 PM
I understand Dez plays like his mother is a hooker  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 05, 2012, 06:20:53 PM
Fake facebook conversation between NFL QBs (http://imgur.com/a/9H0Hv)

Contains potty mouth language and many, many laughs  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 05, 2012, 07:16:56 PM
Fake facebook conversation between NFL QBs (http://imgur.com/a/9H0Hv)

Contains potty mouth language and many, many laughs  ;D

That is hilarious crying laughing :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 06, 2012, 03:48:51 PM
Brilliant.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on October 06, 2012, 04:07:43 PM
Well worth the read.
Lets see who's chuckling after this weekend.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 07, 2012, 06:42:23 AM
All the experts have the Dolphins to lose to the Bengals today, so we'll probably win this one.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 07, 2012, 11:38:08 PM
Dolphins beat Bengals.

49ers flatten Bills.

Pats beat Broncos. It sounded like Manning and co. (not the one from Leeds) just couldn't get it together. It also sounded reasonably comfortable for the Pats' offence.  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 08, 2012, 05:46:16 AM
Miami win - quite a shock that.  At this rate that not win the one thing that the pundits had them as nailed on favourites - the #1 draft pick.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on October 08, 2012, 06:24:55 AM
Giants win. 2nd quarter surge by the looks of the scorecard.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 08, 2012, 09:03:28 PM
I think the Miami win was the most expected shock.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 09, 2012, 08:30:42 PM
Just watched the Bills@49ers game

49ers started slow thanks to 5 pens for 38 yards in the first quarter along with back up QB Kaerpernick coughing up a fumble on a wildKap play (see what they did there) luckily for him Patrick Wills stripped the ball out on a tackle which the 49ers recovered on the bills next drive.

After that there was no stopping the 49ers with 621 total yards setting a franchise record.  Smith completed deep passes to Vernon Davis, Kyle Williams and Michael Crabtree ( 6 rec for 113yds 1TD) before coming out of the game with 8mins left in the 4th with figures of 18/24 for 303 yds 3 TD 0INT.  Frank Gore 106yds and Kendall Hunter 81yds.

49ers are the first team in NFL history to have over 300yds passing and 300yds rushing in a game ;D

The Bills had averaged 28pts a game in their previous 4 starts 49ers held them to 3 ;D

Have the Broncos@Pats game to watch next


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 09, 2012, 08:33:14 PM
It doesn't matter how many points the Bills have averaged in previous games, they've been rubbish throughout  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 09, 2012, 08:37:05 PM
I know but I though I'd mention it.

Also the NFC west has a combined 14 wins more than any other division, how the hell did that happen :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 09, 2012, 08:39:16 PM
Have they all played Miami?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 09, 2012, 08:42:35 PM
 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 09, 2012, 08:43:11 PM
A couple of field goals and Miami would be 4-1...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 09, 2012, 08:44:34 PM
Ah yes - drop the Dolphins tag.  I give you the Miami If-Onlies.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 09, 2012, 08:47:25 PM
We're happy enough with the way things are progressing this season, so I think we'll stick with being the Dolphins.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 09, 2012, 08:50:59 PM
I'm hoping to catch the Texans @ Jets on the BBC Red Button tonight after Later Live tonight. I think it goes without saying that I'm rooting for the Texans.  ;D  I still don't know the outcome of the C4 Chargers @ Saints match, so I might end up watching that one online.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on October 09, 2012, 09:17:37 PM
I'm hoping to catch the Texans @ Jets on the BBC Red Button tonight after Later Live tonight. I think it goes without saying that I'm rooting for the Texans.  ;D  I still don't know the outcome of the C4 Chargers @ Saints match, so I might end up watching that one online.

Wasn't the Texans-Jets game shown live in the early hours of this morning. I didn't think it got repeated, even on the red button.
It was the Monday night game.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 09, 2012, 09:29:36 PM
Yes, it was (I think I managed the first quarter, but can't remember), but it's repeated, well, now on the Red Button. They edit down the gaps between plays and quarters and such, so it flows a lot quicker!


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on October 10, 2012, 06:20:38 AM
Thanks for that. I managed to catch the 4th quarter.
I'll try to remember the repeat for next week.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 10, 2012, 09:31:21 AM
The Jets are a mess - can't see Rex having his job next season unless they go all the way this season...which won't happen.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 10, 2012, 11:37:45 AM
They certainly were a mess in that last match. I still chuckle at how Mike Carlson calls them the Jests (or the Newark City Airport Jets, which really made me laugh). The Texans are now 5-0, along with the Falcons. Things are getting interesting...

Trace, the match started at 10:00 and finished around midnight (or just before, I can't remember), but then it just started again once it had finished, so I guess it gets looped until about five in the morning. Loads of time to set a recorder going so it can be watched at a more convenient time.  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on October 10, 2012, 11:56:05 AM
I'll certainly bear that in mind for next week.
I recorded the first week red-button games, but the times of no commentary made it difficult to watch without constabntly using the fast-forward. Last nights version was far more watchable.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 11, 2012, 02:30:07 PM
Thank you Mouse for the heads up about the 49ers playing in London in 2013 v the Jaguars

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8489558/49ers-play-jaguars-london-oct-27-2013


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 11, 2012, 02:51:34 PM
I thought you'd be interested, somehow.  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 11, 2012, 02:53:42 PM
I thought you'd be interested, somehow.  ;)

Yes I feel very lucky that I got to see them in 2010 and will again in 2013  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 12, 2012, 08:59:05 AM
NFL games on TV in Week 6:
Sunday on Sky Sports 4 Lions@Eagles from 5:30.
Then Giants@49ers from 21:25.
Monday at 1am on Channel 4 Packers@Texans
& at 01:30 on Tuesday on the BBC Red Button and BBCSport online – Broncos@Chargers.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 13, 2012, 08:30:54 AM
Dolphins have the Rams tomorrow and the coach who didn't choose us...should be interesting.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 13, 2012, 01:39:16 PM
Have watched the Broncos/Pats game now watching Packers@Colts while download Thursday night's Steelers@Titans game


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 14, 2012, 01:31:49 PM
Two weeks today, Mike and I will be going to see the Patriots @ Rams game at Wembley. Exciting!  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 14, 2012, 04:51:24 PM
That is an epic weekend for me with seeing Devin Townsend at the Roundhouse on Saturday and then Patriots @ Rams game at Wembley on Sunday in good company :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 14, 2012, 05:43:19 PM
The If-Onlies are losing already.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 14, 2012, 06:29:37 PM
Really ?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 14, 2012, 06:34:04 PM
They're leading by 4 at half time.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 14, 2012, 06:36:05 PM
The game on TV is dreadful.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 14, 2012, 08:15:42 PM
In 2013 as well as the 49ers@Jags game being in London the Vikings will also play one of their home games in London http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2012/10/14/3502302/minnesota-vikings-london-2013


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 14, 2012, 09:13:52 PM
Both Jests and Dolphins win. Bah.  >:(


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 14, 2012, 09:16:56 PM
Won't be checking this thread or my email or twitter or facebook till I've watched the 49ers Giants game which won't be till tomorrow evening at the earliest


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 14, 2012, 09:20:35 PM
Mouse and his spoilers, eh  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 14, 2012, 09:58:42 PM
The only spoilers here are the teams from New York and Miami.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 14, 2012, 10:07:38 PM
That's half the division...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 14, 2012, 11:21:36 PM
Both Jests and Dolphins win. Bah.  >:(
Even better than that  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 15, 2012, 12:29:46 AM
BAH.  >:(


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on October 15, 2012, 06:22:32 AM
Giants win. I don't think that was expected. I'll have to look at the highlights.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 15, 2012, 07:35:08 AM
All of the wrong teams won this week. 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 15, 2012, 09:36:57 PM
Worst 49ers display of the season by a long way Manning picked them apart and Smith threw picks


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 15, 2012, 10:09:51 PM
Michael Silver has an interesting take on the 49ers at the end of his article here (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--morning-rush--debate-season-over--russell-wilson-s-rally-past-pats-wins-over-teammates.html)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 16, 2012, 07:16:51 AM
I think he has a point JH did over react a touch :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 17, 2012, 06:05:08 AM
Steelers@Vikings Sept 29th 2013 Wembley

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8513407/minnesota-vikings-play-pittsburgh-steelers-london-2013


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on October 17, 2012, 02:00:59 PM
Worst 49ers display of the season by a long way Manning picked them apart and Smith threw picks

Did he play the long version of Charlestown?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 17, 2012, 03:47:27 PM
I bet he worked from the extreme right side of the field as well.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 19, 2012, 12:16:49 PM
This week's games on UK TV:

Sky sports Sunday:
18:00 Ravens @ Texans
21:25 Jets @ Patriots

Channel 4 Monday morning:
01:20 Steelers @ Bengals

BBC Tuesday morning:
01:30 Lions @ Bears


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Robert on October 19, 2012, 12:24:02 PM
This week's games on UK TV:

BBC Tuesday morning:
01:30 Lions @ Bears


ONNNNNNLY IN KENYAAAAAAA


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 19, 2012, 01:04:36 PM
21:25 Jets @ Patriots

After which the Dolphins move up a place in the Division  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on October 19, 2012, 01:24:14 PM
21:25 Jets @ Patriots

From your first cigarette to your last dying day.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on October 19, 2012, 02:01:53 PM
cool.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 19, 2012, 02:20:46 PM
Who are the If-Onlies playing?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 19, 2012, 02:26:52 PM
We have our bye-week, and as all the teams in the division have a 3-3 record at the moment, the result of the Jets/Pats game will see the Dolphins position in the division improve.  We then play the Jets the following week.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on October 19, 2012, 04:13:26 PM
Tactical bye.
Pity you know they'll undo all that scheming when they actually play.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 19, 2012, 04:48:35 PM
I can see the Jets being in total disarray by the time we play them...and have enough faith that in itself will not cause us to lose  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 20, 2012, 09:04:46 PM
I go to a site called The Phinsider for my Miami Dolphins news and they have really stepped up their game analysis this season.  Here they give a full breakdown of a touchdown from last week, which I found to be fascinating.  You might want to check out the SB Nation site for your team...

Tannehill to Moore (http://www.thephinsider.com/2012/10/20/3529312/a-phinsider-breakdown-of-the-miami-dolphins-ryan-tannehill-touchdown-marlon-moore)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 20, 2012, 09:20:28 PM
A couple of articles for Mike :

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--direct-snap--niners-would-be-better-off-switching-to-qb-colin-kaepernick-sooner-than-later-.html

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--conservative-play-call-late-raises-question-whether-niners-have-complete-confidence-in-qb-alex-smith-.html


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 21, 2012, 10:36:12 AM
I'll have a read later thanks James


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 21, 2012, 11:55:23 AM
I haven't seen enough of Colin K to say the 49ers should bench Alex Smith in favour of him.

In previous games he's come in on a few plays on Thursday he only took one snap and lost a yard on a run. Alex Smith seems to be lacking confidence it didn't help that after spraining  a finger we played the Giants fell behind early and had to chase the game and we got away from the run/play action and started forcing passes that weren't there.

Colin K has shown glimpses I'd say he certainly has a stronger arm than Smith and he's a better runner but I'm not sure it's in the 49ers best interests to change QB mid season but then I'm not the coach and they may feel different.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 21, 2012, 02:11:54 PM
I tend to listen to what both of those writers have to say, even if I do not always agree with them.  I think the fact they are both saying a similar thing is worth noting...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 25, 2012, 10:10:58 AM
NFL on UK TV this week

Friday 01:20 Sky Sports Buccaneers@Vikings

Sunday 17:00 Sky Sports Patriots@Rams ( Me and Mouse will be there  :) )
Sunday 20:25 Sky Sports Giants@Cowboys

Monday 00:20 Channel 4 Saints@Broncos

Tuesday 00:30 BBC Sport 49ers@Cardinals


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 25, 2012, 11:02:35 AM
I hope you guys have a great time, and that it's a really good game.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 25, 2012, 11:13:03 AM
Cheers Rob  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 25, 2012, 12:51:50 PM
Thanks, Rob. My friend and I are looking forward to it immensely and it'll be even better to spend the day in the company of our good mate Mike.

Mike, DON'T forget the tickets, please...!  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 25, 2012, 01:24:56 PM
Thanks, Rob. My friend and I are looking forward to it immensely and it'll be even better to spend the day in the company of our good mate Mike.

Mike, DON'T forget the tickets, please...!  ;)

Don't worry it's in the same envelope as my train tickets and my Devin Townsend ticket for Saturday so I won't be forgetting any of those  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 25, 2012, 02:04:33 PM
Heh.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on October 25, 2012, 02:40:42 PM
Heh.

Well said.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on October 29, 2012, 07:21:23 AM
Happy but confused.
Giants win again.
It's not just me, AccuScore said they'd be 4-4 now, not 6-2.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 29, 2012, 09:01:39 AM
Has Rex been sacked yet ?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on October 29, 2012, 09:53:58 AM
What did Rex promise this year?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 29, 2012, 10:04:46 AM
Intergalactic Champions.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 29, 2012, 12:11:42 PM
Who is Rex?  And would it be better to be written as "Wrecks"?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 29, 2012, 12:26:29 PM
Wrecks Ryan, head coach of the Jests.  So utterly destroyed in every aspect of the game by the Dolphins yesterday that not even having Tebow on the roster could help them.  The Jests are now bottom of the division.

There was one exceptional play with Tebow when he was working in punt protection.  He steps to his left instead of his right, allowing the Miami player a clear run at the punter, leading to a blocked punt which Miami recovered for a touchdown.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on October 29, 2012, 12:32:48 PM
God told him to do it.  mysterious ways and all that...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 29, 2012, 04:26:49 PM
Wrecks Ryan, head coach of the Jests.  So utterly destroyed in every aspect of the game by the Dolphins yesterday that not even having Tebow on the roster could help them.  The Jests are now bottom of the division.

There was one exceptional play with Tebow when he was working in punt protection.  He steps to his left instead of his right, allowing the Miami player a clear run at the punter, leading to a blocked punt which Miami recovered for a touchdown.

They showed that play on the big screen at Wembley 84,004 people laughed :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 29, 2012, 04:27:34 PM
Oh sorry it was only 84,000 who laughed the other 4 were Jests fans


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 29, 2012, 04:37:57 PM
Wrecks Ryan, head coach of the Jests.  So utterly destroyed in every aspect of the game by the Dolphins yesterday that not even having Tebow on the roster could help them.  The Jests are now bottom of the division.

There was one exceptional play with Tebow when he was working in punt protection.  He steps to his left instead of his right, allowing the Miami player a clear run at the punter, leading to a blocked punt which Miami recovered for a touchdown.

They showed that play on the big screen at Wembley 84,004 people laughed :D

 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 29, 2012, 05:09:25 PM
So, when does London get it's own team?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 29, 2012, 05:16:17 PM
We had one...and after a season and a half people got bored of the Monarchs.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 29, 2012, 05:59:02 PM
How many of the 84,004 would turn up to watch a game every other week.

Most of the people there would have traveled to see the game.  How many like me would need a hotel for the night how often would they be prepared to do that?

Most of the people there support and existing NFL team would they change their team to a new London team or to which ever current franchise moves there?

These reasons and more is why I think London will never have an NFL team of it's own I don't think it would work.

Their playing two games in London next season a month apart lets see if  they can sell out both of those.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 29, 2012, 07:16:39 PM
We had one...and after a season and a half people got bored of the Monarchs.

I was in the US when that world league got set up.  Everyone got fed up with every one of the US teams by the end of the first year.  That's why the thing packed up.  Basically everyone knew that this was a second rate product.

There are enough fans to keep the thing going.  The bigger issue is the cost of going backwards and forwards across the Atlantic.  I can only see this working if there are some other European cities with their own franchises.  And that might take time.  I'm surprised that the NFL haven't set up a game in Frankfurt as well.  That would tell us more.

Bring back the Monarch, the Frankfurt Galaxy, Rhein Fire & a team in Cardiff (the Dafodils?), one in Paris & one in Amsterdam.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 29, 2012, 09:41:20 PM
We certainly thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I'm so glad that my first NFL match was seeing this particular line-up of the Patriots win such a runaway victory. Seeing Gronk spike the ball first hand was a real thrill for me, especially with his 'changing of the guard tribute', which was my moment of the weekend.

A couple of thoughts about what we saw in general: It all seemed so much smaller and compact in real life. I don't know if this was down to the angle we watched from, but it's certainly not a negative thought - just a realisation of how something I'm used to seeing on TV looks like in the flesh. Wes Welker is such a shortarse too, I didn't expect that. The big throws from both quarterbacks (admittedly more on Brady's side than Bradford's) were very elegant movements, almost graceful. I suppose that shows how much control these people have over the ball. A few thoughts and confirmations about the pre-game stuff: I enjoyed seeing Train play Drops Of Jupiter. Katherine Jenkins really has a wonderful voice. Boris Johnson actually exists.

I would definitely go again next year if I could afford it. More so, I think a trip over to Boston and Foxborough wouldn't be out of the question if it was possible. It was an absolutely excellent event that bordered on the unreal.

Thanks again to Mike for securing us tickets all those months ago. Cheers, mate!


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 30, 2012, 07:03:44 AM
I've been to Foxboro.   :)

I'd love to go back to Boston one day.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 30, 2012, 07:11:15 AM
I even thought about buying this for James as it is soooo bad

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41EVjgs-g-L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 30, 2012, 08:21:02 AM
That is indeed terrible  :o


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 31, 2012, 06:27:16 PM
"Coming off a 30-9 loss to the Dolphins that featured another sputtering performance from the offense and multiple miscues from a special teams unit that had ranked No. 1 in Football Outsiders' DVOA entering Week 8, the Jets are taking the bye week off. To save the season and perhaps head off another locker room mutiny, head coach Rex Ryan has stuck his hand deep into the slogan bin and will ask that his players adopt an "All In" mentality for the second half of the season.

That should work out great."

 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 31, 2012, 08:06:01 PM
I found a nicer Dolphins gnome.

(http://nfl.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/p10437799dt.jpg)

And to keep James happy, here is a Jets gnome.

(http://nfl.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/p10437804dt.jpg)

And a really good Pats gnome.

(http://nfl.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/p10437801dt.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 31, 2012, 08:19:04 PM
At least the Pats gnome is historically accurate.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 31, 2012, 08:21:21 PM
Meanwhile, on Facebook... (http://profootballmock.com/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-week-8-halloween/)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 31, 2012, 09:29:41 PM
Meanwhile, on Facebook... (http://profootballmock.com/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-week-8-halloween/)

and earlier in week 7 on Facebook... (http://profootballmock.com/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-week-7-enter-the-roger/)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on October 31, 2012, 10:10:47 PM
I had to read through all of them. They are a properly good chuckle.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 31, 2012, 10:15:51 PM
I had to read through all of them. They are a properly good chuckle.

Me too I followed all the links in order under the week 7 post :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on November 02, 2012, 07:21:02 AM
I finally finished watching the Broncos-Saints game.
Quite amusing watching Brees (6 ft tall) trying to throw passes (and even see) over O- & D-lines of 6 ft 6 inch plus bruisers.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on November 02, 2012, 12:12:00 PM
it's "Show your team spirit" day here at school, so I have on my Minnesota Vikings sweatshirt.  I thought of you all.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 02, 2012, 06:24:42 PM
watching last night's game between the Chiefs and Chargers


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 02, 2012, 08:23:48 PM
Interesting Stat brought up in last night's game:

The last game won by the Chiefs with a starting QB drafted by the Chiefs was September 13 1987 vs Chargers


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 03, 2012, 07:37:13 AM
I reckon Matt Moore will go the Chiefs at the end of this season.  He's way better than anything else they have right now.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 03, 2012, 02:46:05 PM
It seems to me that the Chiefs are doing more badly than the more obvious failings this season (see Cowboys, Eagles, Newark City Airport Jests) because we're hearing almost nothing about them. I might just not be looking in the right places, but no-one seems to actually care about them this year, including their own 'supporters'. At least the Jags, Panthers and the like have had a few near-misses, which says something about the teams they've played against, if anything, but the Chiefs have pretty much been mute.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 03, 2012, 05:14:45 PM
No-one expected anything different from the Chiefs.

The Panthers must really be wondering what the heck is going on.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 04, 2012, 08:08:28 PM
Reggie Wayne surpasses Tory Hold (920) for 13th most catches in NFL history.

Jerry Rice is at no 1 for career receptions with 1549.

The currently active player with the most receptions is Tony Gonzalez with 1195 he's 2nd all time behind Rice.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 04, 2012, 08:26:12 PM
The Redskins' throwback kits they're wearing this week are great.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/389979_10151228935216263_223273001_n.jpg)

The helmets are even designed to look like leather, which is a very nice touch.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 04, 2012, 08:28:52 PM
that's cool.

Another stat just set Andrew Luck joins Payton Manning as the only rookies to have 4 300+ yard passing games in NFL history


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on November 04, 2012, 08:29:48 PM
those are cool uniforms.  is the whole NFL doing it?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 04, 2012, 08:45:34 PM
Every team does it from time to time. Two weeks ago, the Patriots played in their old, red uniforms.

(http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/slides/photos/001/008/021/91981271_display_image.jpg?1307831096)

The Pittsburgh Steelers became the butt of many jokes last week when they wore their throwback kits that made them all look like bees.

(http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/slides/photos/002/715/217/hi-res-154883501_display_image.jpg?1351610529)

Personally, I'm quite fond of the Tennessee Titans' throwback kits when they revert to the old Houston Oilers garb. It's a very nice 1960s kinda faded blue.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__qLQuB8ki64/SoCtJbCkPAI/AAAAAAAAAIw/OL18PYQgoDk/s400/capt.547a3525f883412db0a4e68f233ac22d.hall_of_fame_game_football_ohtd105.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 04, 2012, 08:46:26 PM
Another stat just set Andrew Luck joins Payton Manning as the only rookies to have 4 300+ yard passing games in NFL history

Lots of impressive rookies starting this season. Looking forward to seeing how they develop in the coming years.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on November 04, 2012, 09:08:13 PM
thanks for those pics, Mouse!  love the Oilers blue.  I remember them well...  and I love the Pittsburgh Bees!  that's awesome, good for them.

now if we can just get the salaries back to the 60s/70s...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 04, 2012, 09:16:31 PM
That across all sports would be nice, really.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on November 04, 2012, 09:17:37 PM
indeed.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 04, 2012, 09:20:28 PM
The Dolphins decided to play without a secondary today #makingitfartooeasyforLuck


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 04, 2012, 09:22:33 PM
Dolphails.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 04, 2012, 09:22:51 PM
#makingitfartooeasyforLuck

This isn't Twitter, James.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 04, 2012, 09:36:52 PM
Everything I write gets beamed on to everything else #spammingtheinterwebz


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 04, 2012, 09:46:16 PM
We've noticed.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 04, 2012, 09:50:42 PM
Then there should be no need to question it #resistanceisfutile


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 04, 2012, 10:41:16 PM
I haven't questioned it.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 04, 2012, 10:47:57 PM
None shall pass #exceptLuckobviously


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 04, 2012, 11:26:09 PM
The Dolphins decided to play without a secondary today #makingitfartooeasyforLuck
If only


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 04, 2012, 11:53:50 PM
The Dolphins decided to play without a secondary today #makingitfartooeasyforLuck
If only
They were beyond terrible - they dropped 3 ints, and were lucky that 2 pretty easy td passes were also dropped. Indy had absolutely no running game and yet still managed to complete on over 50% of third downs.  Luck may well be good and will likely turn out to be elite, but he is not yet that good.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 05, 2012, 02:23:15 PM
Watched last nights Channel 4 game the Cowboys @ Falcons

I have the Dolphins v Colts game to watch.

I have the week off work so will probably have time to watch a few games this week


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on November 05, 2012, 02:29:10 PM
Giants lose to the Steelers.
It was getting too good to be true.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 05, 2012, 03:43:55 PM
They seemed to be winning by pure luck most of the time, it seemed to me.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 05, 2012, 03:54:12 PM
That's the Colts.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 07, 2012, 06:43:15 PM
Watched the Eagles v Saints game last night and now I'm watching the Steelers@Giants game


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 09, 2012, 09:52:40 PM
Watching last nights Colts@Jaguars game and I'm at the start of the 2nd quarter.

I have a suggestion for the Jaguars, how about covering Reggie Wayne as he's the only player Luck is throwing too :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 09, 2012, 10:52:37 PM
I think the Jags are trying to be the Chiefs.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 10, 2012, 06:18:40 PM
It's going to be interesting to see all the promotion for the next games at Wembley trying to get London to support the Jags.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 10, 2012, 10:58:18 PM
"Come and see a team concede the most touchdowns ever..."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 11, 2012, 06:55:17 PM
It looks like the IfOnlies are after that record.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 11, 2012, 07:02:10 PM
Ah yes, it's not looking good for the Dolphails.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 11, 2012, 07:18:20 PM
69 years of penalties. 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 11, 2012, 07:49:20 PM
The running game has disappeared - Jake Lock is doing his best to get a crap contract out of free agency.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 11, 2012, 08:09:28 PM
Oh dear, the Titans are leading 31-3...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 11, 2012, 08:45:04 PM
We appear to have stopped even trying to run the ball...  ::)

You're not exactly taking Buffalo apart yourselves...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on November 11, 2012, 08:46:50 PM
Giants are being beaten (thrashed) by the Bengals.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 11, 2012, 08:51:06 PM
You're not exactly taking Buffalo apart yourselves...

We're still winning, though. I hope we can manage to close the game this time and not let it go at the last minute...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 11, 2012, 08:51:57 PM
We appear to have stopped even trying to run the ball...  ::)

You're not exactly taking Buffalo apart yourselves...
No - Buffalo should be winning by every stat except penalties.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 11, 2012, 08:58:56 PM
Looks like we might be throwing it at the last minute again...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 11, 2012, 09:17:08 PM
Phew. That was far too close.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 11, 2012, 09:27:15 PM
Tell you what, this season continues to be all over the place - seems to be increasingly difficult to predict results.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 11, 2012, 10:19:19 PM
It's properly crazy. Which both entertaining and frustrating.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 11, 2012, 10:29:49 PM
http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8603746/tim-tebow-lost-emails


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 13, 2012, 06:20:36 PM
Watching the Rams@49ers game and I'm coming to end of the 2nd quarter.

So far the 49ers went three and out on their opening drive then gave up 2 touchdowns on back to back drives by the Rams and let Steven Jackson run all over them.

At this point I was worried that they were suffering a really bad bye week hangover.

Then they came back had a good drive got Michael Crabtree into the game and he scored a good touchdown.
However on that drive Alex Smith took a blow to the helmet when he scrambled out of the pocket on one play.  He stayed in the game and completed the drive but then when he went back to the sideline he looked groggy and they checked him out for concussion.

So into the game comes Colin Kapernick and so far he's missed an easy throw to a wide open Vernon Davies and failed to see a completely uncovered Kyle Williams who was clear to the endzone as the Rams just didn't cover him at all.

Now I'm worried the 49ers might lose this game


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 13, 2012, 07:41:49 PM
I followed the game online as it happened, so I'll keep quiet.

Still laughing at the Jets.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 13, 2012, 07:41:55 PM
Pulled it back after being 0-14 down to take a 21-17 lead only to then get fooled on the a fake punt for the 2nd time in the game.

So the rams lead it 21-24 with minute and change left.  49ers get to field goal range and take it to overtime.

After stopping the Rams on their first possession the 49ers get into field goal range and David Akers misses from 40+ yards.

So the Rams have the ball back! And that's where I'm up to


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 13, 2012, 07:47:48 PM
So the Rams get into field goal range.

And they get a delay of game penalty so now it's a 58yard try


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 13, 2012, 07:48:12 PM
And he missed  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 13, 2012, 07:50:37 PM
So the 49ers have the game back with 2:45 left.

CK holds on to the ball far too long either throw it away or decide to run sooner.

We're at the 2 minute warning in overtime


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 13, 2012, 07:51:48 PM
And CK gets sacked on 3rd down ::)

and they have to punt


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 13, 2012, 07:54:29 PM
3 and 5 and the 49ers almost intercepts but hang on there's a penalty on Wills and it's 1st down Rams there's a 1:03 left


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 13, 2012, 07:59:37 PM
And Bradford is sacked the Rams spike the ball and there's 6 seconds left it's 3rd and 18 and their on their own 30 yard line, and they get a delay of game penalty.

So that's it a tie game.

Not sure if I'm disappointed or relieved I think a bit of both


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 13, 2012, 08:05:10 PM
It was an odd one, that. Although I think the focus now should be on Smith and when he'll be well enough to play next.

Four quarterbacks got injured this week. The least surprising was Ben Rothlisberger, who seems to break whenever someone gives him a stern look.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 13, 2012, 10:37:33 PM
This weeks NFL QB's on Facebook (http://profootballmock.com/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-coaches-challenge/) had me crying laughing :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 13, 2012, 11:14:39 PM
Yay ! It's The Don  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on November 14, 2012, 07:23:37 AM
I don't support either team, but the Steelers-Chiefs game was both fascinating and hilarious. It appeared as if both teams were trying not to win.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 14, 2012, 08:32:16 AM
I don't support either team, but the Steelers-Chiefs game was both fascinating and hilarious. It appeared as if both teams were trying not to win.


Will try and fit that game in this week at some point, have the Saints-Falcons game to watch tonight


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 14, 2012, 01:44:38 PM
Gotta love it when the Jests implode  ;D

"The Tim Tebow faithful are going to have a tough time with this one: The New York Daily News has consulted more than a dozen of Tebow's Jets teammates and officials, and their assessment of The Chosen Quarterback is not a kind one.

One unnamed teammate whom the Daily News identified as a defensive starter was blunt: "He's terrible." Others were more nuanced, saying that Tebow has not shown significant growth in his skills since arriving in New York in March.

Here's the problem, though: the Jets are 3-6, a perpetual joke of a franchise, and so anyone that could possibly, maybe, potentially stem that avalanche is getting a look. But most Jets believe Tebow doesn't deserve that look.

Guard Matt Slauson, who actually had the stones to put his name to his comments, was unequivocal in his support of incumbent quarterback Mark Sanchez, saying the distance between him and backups Tebow and Greg McElroy is "not even close ... We don't really have a choice." Oh, and about those backups? "We have Greg ... and we have an athlete," Slauson told the Daily News. The Jets interviewed by the Daily News all played variations on the same tune: Tebow is a gimmick, a specialized-use quarterback, a Wildcatter who wouldn't be able to handle the game-long grind of the quarterback position. Granted, Tebow did have success in Denver, and he does bring those mysterious "intangibles" that somehow help teams to win games.

But anyone expecting Tebow to step into the starting role anytime soon might want to start saving their wishes for Christmas. "It would take extreme poor play [on the part of Sanchez] like a five-interception game" for Tebow to start, said an individual the Daily News termed "a prominent member of the organization." "Something where it was just ridiculous. It would take Mark to totally just [censored] the bed and become unglued."

Now, the usual caveats about anonymous sources apply here. In this case, anonymity seems less a need to protect one's job, and more a veil to express frustration over the Tebowmania that will not die. Still, until the Jets start winning with Sanchez, the calls for Tebow salvation will continue."



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 14, 2012, 01:47:38 PM
Aww the poor Jests  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 14, 2012, 05:07:33 PM
I wouldn't feel too sorry for them.  Anyway, I decided to do some predictions for the weekend.

I think the winners will be...

Miami
Detroit
Atlanta
Tampa Bay
Dallas
Washington
St Louis
Cincinnati
Houston
New Orleans
Denver
New England
Baltimore
San Francisco


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 14, 2012, 05:17:18 PM
I think the only way the Steelers will have a hope on Sunday night is if their defence plays well, but even that seems a bit inconsistent recently, especially without Polamalu on the field. Their offence certainly doesn't stand a chance against a defencive game like the Ravens'.

The Bears at 49ers game will be an interesting one, not only for the injuries last weekend.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 14, 2012, 05:42:04 PM
If those are the winners, then I dread to think who the losers are  :D

Even as a Dolfan I find it hard to know if we can or will beat the Bills.  Two games ago I would have said without a doubt, but two games ago I thought we would have two more ticks in the win column going into the game...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 14, 2012, 07:04:05 PM
The Bills are on their own 3 match losing streak.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 14, 2012, 07:15:58 PM
The Pats are SO lucky to be in the AFC East...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 14, 2012, 07:41:37 PM
I know that geography is not the NFL's strong point, but where else would a team playing in Massachusetts be?  I guess the NFC East possibly, but that's even worse right now.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 15, 2012, 08:41:08 AM
Rex Ryan rips team for Tebow report (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/8631818/rex-ryan-lashes-new-york-jets-cowardly-tim-tebow-report)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 15, 2012, 08:50:37 AM
Rib injury sidelining Big Ben (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8631491/ben-roethlisberger-pittsburgh-steelers-says-dislocated-rib-biggest-worry)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 15, 2012, 11:23:01 AM
Ticket details for Wembley 2013 games (http://www.nfluk.com/tickets-events/nfl-wembley)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 16, 2012, 10:39:04 AM
We seem to like playing teams in the week they need to make an impression  ::)

So for the first time this season the Bill's defence shows up...while ours is forgetting how to stuff the run.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 16, 2012, 12:03:11 PM
Good result.

Well, I'm 100% so far. 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 16, 2012, 12:11:23 PM
You won't want to be staying 100% then.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 16, 2012, 12:41:22 PM
I hope not...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 16, 2012, 12:42:11 PM
Rib injury sidelining Big Ben (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8631491/ben-roethlisberger-pittsburgh-steelers-says-dislocated-rib-biggest-worry)

That's it, I'm going to start calling him Mr. Glass.

Then again, it really would be worth going to see them at Wembley next year. Chances are he won't be around for long.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 16, 2012, 12:48:07 PM
Rex Ryan rips team for Tebow report (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/8631818/rex-ryan-lashes-new-york-jets-cowardly-tim-tebow-report)

I'm not surprised to see the Jests eating themselves like this. They did it last year when they failed to reach the play-offs. Rex seems to have a real problem keeping discipline in his team, but then, persistently promising praise and victory every year isn't such a good technique and maybe too many of the players were starting to seriously believe their own hype.

Personally, I think it's a bit unfair to constantly blame Tebow when he actually hasn't done anything yet. It's not his fault Sanchez has turned to sh*t.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on November 16, 2012, 02:10:20 PM
Rex & discipline

Say no more.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 17, 2012, 04:59:12 PM
Rex cannot keep discipline because Rex has always advocated indiscipline.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 18, 2012, 10:14:03 PM
Even when they win...  ::)

"Now that the New York Jets have actually won in a convincing fashion since they beat the Colts, 35-9, on October 14, it's time for linebacker Bart Scott to act stupid again. Scott, who threatened a reporter in the team locker room in September, tried to get his teammates to say nothing but "Both teams played hard" following their Sunday 27-13 win over the St. Louis Rams.

According to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, Scott was trying to lead the movement against the media after anonymous teammates and team officials allegedly ripped Tim Tebow to the New York Daily News this week.

"Bart Scott is leading a media mutiny by the Jets defense in the locker room," Hubbuch tweeted after the game. "This is ridiculous ... Bart Scott is ordering every Jets defensive player to say nothing but "both teams played hard." Threatening any that don't ... Scott blaming everyone in the media for the Daily News story ... Thankfully, Yeremiah Bell isn't participating in Bart Scott's boycott foolishness. A true pro ... Scott yells at Bryan Thomas for breaking the boycott, calling him "a MF-ing sellout." Yeremiah Bell tells Scott: "Stop it. Just stop it."

About 10 minutes later, this from Hubbuch:

    "Now that his boycott flopped, Bart Scott is talking calmly and openly to the media. What a team this is."

Indeed. Even when they do well, the Jets can't keep from getting in their own way. Keep in mind that all this noise is coming from a guy who had one tackle against the Rams, and has a grand total of 21 solo tackles this season."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 18, 2012, 10:22:41 PM
Shameful behaviour. I'd expect better from kids who went to my secondary school.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 18, 2012, 10:48:47 PM
The Jests went to your secondary school  :o

Oh, take a look at Robert Griffin III's stats from today...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on November 19, 2012, 08:07:32 AM
RGIII:
14 of 15 for 200 yards & 4 touchdowns, plus 84 yards rushing.
I can't see a QB rating, but that must be pretty high.

On a minus note, it was against the Eagles who seem to be imploding.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on November 19, 2012, 08:09:10 AM
Giants avoid another loss by having a bye week.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 19, 2012, 08:37:56 AM
RGIII:
14 of 15 for 200 yards & 4 touchdowns, plus 84 yards rushing.
I can't see a QB rating, but that must be pretty high.

On a minus note, it was against the Eagles who seem to be imploding.


His QB rating was 93.7 according to http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=321118028


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 19, 2012, 10:13:58 AM
Yahoo sports have it as 158.3, which I believe is out of 160.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 19, 2012, 10:43:54 AM
Yahoo sports have it as 158.3, which I believe is out of 160.

I must have been looking at the wrong stat they have QBR at 93.7 and RTG at 158.3 not sure what the difference is


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 19, 2012, 10:52:54 AM
And actually 158.3 is a perfect score you can't score higher than that


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 19, 2012, 11:28:29 AM
But he had an incompletion...

 ;D

I believe QBR is another ratings system for QBs.  They do love their stats.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 19, 2012, 11:59:08 AM
"A perfect rating requires at least a 77.5% completion rate, at least 12.5 yards per attempt, a touchdown on at least 11.875% of attempts, and no interceptions"

The formula can be seen here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passer_rating


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 19, 2012, 12:03:08 PM
This is the QBR that ESPN refers too http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_quarterback_rating


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 19, 2012, 12:08:46 PM
And actually 158.3 is a perfect score you can't score higher than that

I'd have loved to be at that meeting...

"So guys, what shall we mark the QB score out of?"

"100" - "no, too boring""

"20" - "not high enough"

"I know, how about 158.3" - "YAY!!  way to go"


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 19, 2012, 12:11:56 PM
And the follow up meeting...

"So guys, what percentage of completions should make a QB 'perfect'?"

"100" - "no, too boring""

"20" - "not high enough"

"I know, how about 77.5%" - "YAY!!  way to go"


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on November 19, 2012, 01:36:12 PM
heh


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 19, 2012, 03:05:43 PM
Tonight Monday Night Football game Bears@49ers will see both teams starting with their back up QB's after Alex Smith and Jay Cutler are both ruled out following their concussions last week.

Colin Kaepernick will start for the 49ers and Jason Campbell will start for the Bears.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8651667/alex-smith-san-francisco-49ers-concussion-ruled-sources


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 19, 2012, 09:33:43 PM
"Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: Just a note about the "Quarterback Wins" metric: As we mentioned, Ryan threw five picks and no touchdowns, and his team won anyway. This victory will be added to Ryan's burgeoning "win" total, which explains why it's the single dumbest metric in all of sports."

 ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 19, 2012, 11:31:10 PM
Rob Gronkowski's out for the next 4-6 weeks with a broken forearm. While that sucks for Gronk and the skills he brings to the game, I'm not sure it'll be such a big blow to New England's offensive game, especially is Hernandez is back anytime soon and he might be in for Thursday's match against the Jests. Gronk should be back for the playoffs, though.

It's not as bad as losing your first two quarterbacks... *cough* Steelers *cough*...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 20, 2012, 07:39:01 AM
"Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: Just a note about the "Quarterback Wins" metric: As we mentioned, Ryan threw five picks and no touchdowns, and his team won anyway. This victory will be added to Ryan's burgeoning "win" total, which explains why it's the single dumbest metric in all of sports."

 ;D
Wins is the only statistic that counts.  Having 5 picks and still winning suggests that the oppo was inept.



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 20, 2012, 08:33:02 AM
My friend who came with me to the 49ers game in 2010 can't make it to next years game.

Club seat tickets for both of next years game go on sale on Thursday but I'll probably wait until individual game tickets go on sale and just get tickets for the 49ers@Jags game at the moment.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 20, 2012, 04:07:13 PM
I haven't watched last night's game yet but I know the score and I've seen the stats.

I think I feel a little sorry for Alex Smith, if it wasn't for the concussion I don't believe Harbaugh would have considered benching him but Kaepernick has one good game and now Harbaugh says he'll start "the hot hand".

The 49ers just seem to love undermining Alex Smith's confidence, in the offseason it was going after Peyton Manning now this.

Their currently 7-2-1 and I'm worried that they don't know who their starting QB is.

In their remaining games they travel to the Saints, Rams, Patriots, Seahawks and host the Dolphins and Cardinals.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 20, 2012, 04:41:32 PM
They can play the third-string QB against the Dolphins  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 20, 2012, 06:04:06 PM
And the Cards can get 5 picks and still loose.

BTW - The Jesters have the Pats on Thursday and after that no team that they play is better than 500.  Wrecks is talking about them making the play-off as this is what they did a few years back.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 20, 2012, 06:59:56 PM
He does like putting foot in his mouth  ;)

 ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 20, 2012, 07:00:09 PM
Rex says a lot of things.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 20, 2012, 07:46:09 PM
He does like putting foot in his mouth  ;)

 ::)
But only when he says something.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 20, 2012, 11:24:45 PM
I haven't watched last night's game yet but I know the score and I've seen the stats.

I think I feel a little sorry for Alex Smith, if it wasn't for the concussion I don't believe Harbaugh would have considered benching him but Kaepernick has one good game and now Harbaugh says he'll start "the hot hand".

The 49ers just seem to love undermining Alex Smith's confidence, in the offseason it was going after Peyton Manning now this.

Their currently 7-2-1 and I'm worried that they don't know who their starting QB is.

In their remaining games they travel to the Saints, Rams, Patriots, Seahawks and host the Dolphins and Cardinals.

I'm watching the match now. Kaepernick is very good, but you're right, this has been his one game so far, so to cold shoulder Smith so readily seems a bit careless. I suppose we'll see after next week whether or not Kaepernick can continue to deliver the goods. Overall, I still think the 49ers are looking very much like a strong team this season.

As for the Bears and, based on the Sunday night game, the Steelers, they both need their quarterbacks back as soon as, really.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 21, 2012, 03:00:25 PM
Accuscore computers predict scores for all this seasons games here are the predictions for the teams people said they supported in this thread.

new-england-patriots (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/1/new-england-patriots-2012-season-projections)

miami-dolphins (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/4/miami-dolphins-2012-season-projections)

dallas-cowboys (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/17/dallas-cowboys-2012-season-projections)

new-york-giants (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/19/new-york-giants-2012-season-projections)

san-francisco-49ers (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/29/san-francisco-49ers-2012-season-projections)

If you want to view every teams use the Patriots link above and then use the right arrow that appears as the Patriots is the first in the gallery

Just taken a look at how accuscore is doing on it's 49ers predictions so far.

After week 11 their predictions had the 49ers at 8-2 which is pretty good considering their 7-2-1.  Although it was wrong about which 2 games they'd lose incorrectly predicting they'd lose to the Packers and Jests.  When in reality they lost to the Vikings and the Giants and tied with the Rams.  So although it's standing is quite accurate accuscore was wrong in 5 out of 10 games.

For the remaining games it has the 49ers losing to the Saints and Patriots and winning the rest


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 21, 2012, 03:04:56 PM
They got 6 out of 10 of the Dolphins scores correct.  So whatever method they use appears to be just slightly better than guessing  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 21, 2012, 04:54:56 PM
If you ask them, they will shown you the actual coin...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 21, 2012, 06:26:08 PM
Have watched the 49ers game ;D

Their defense was dominant Justin and Aldon Smith were all over the Bears O-line who had no answer for them.  On the rare occasions the Bears got beyond their O-line Bowman and Wills tackled everything.

On the drive the Bears did score on the drive should have been over but for a bad penalty call against the 49ers when they'd just forced a fumble from Jason Campbell on 3rd down.

I don't know what happened to the Bears defense but they weren't in the game.  They got hardly any pressure on the Kaepernick and when they did he other ran it out and beat the Bears rushers to the edge or he stood in and made tough passes.

I still think the 49ers have to stick with Smith if he's fit to play next week but this game will have given Kaepernick a lot of confidence if he ever has to come into a game again and hopefully he'll better than he was in  when he was in that situation against the Rams the other week.

Come the offseason the 49ers will have a decision to make on whether they pay Alex Smith the money he's owed and let him fight it out with Kaepernick for the starting job, or let him go.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 21, 2012, 06:30:03 PM
I don't think Harbaugh has ever been that sold on Smith.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on November 21, 2012, 06:38:37 PM
Accuscore computers predict scores for all this seasons games here are the predictions for the teams people said they supported in this thread.

new-england-patriots (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/1/new-england-patriots-2012-season-projections)

miami-dolphins (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/4/miami-dolphins-2012-season-projections)

dallas-cowboys (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/17/dallas-cowboys-2012-season-projections)

I think they've got the Giants record correct, but the actual results mixed up.
I'd have been happy with 6-4 at this stage of the season, but I bet the press aren't.
The one good thing is that the New York press have the Jests to moan louder about.


new-york-giants (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/19/new-york-giants-2012-season-projections)

san-francisco-49ers (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/29/san-francisco-49ers-2012-season-projections)

If you want to view every teams use the Patriots link above and then use the right arrow that appears as the Patriots is the first in the gallery

Just taken a look at how accuscore is doing on it's 49ers predictions so far.

After week 11 their predictions had the 49ers at 8-2 which is pretty good considering their 7-2-1.  Although it was wrong about which 2 games they'd lose incorrectly predicting they'd lose to the Packers and Jests.  When in reality they lost to the Vikings and the Giants and tied with the Rams.  So although it's standing is quite accurate accuscore was wrong in 5 out of 10 games.

For the remaining games it has the 49ers losing to the Saints and Patriots and winning the rest


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 22, 2012, 08:22:13 AM
Looks like it will be Kaepernick to start against the Saints http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8661168/colin-kaepernick-san-francisco-49ers-take-first-team-reps-practice-according-alex-smith

Although it does say Alex Smith still hasn't been medically cleared to play so has saved the 49ers from making a decision for another week


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on November 22, 2012, 09:48:03 AM
Not quite sure what happened to my previous post, but Accuscore had the Gaints at 6-4 at this stage, which is correct, but their choices of won/lost games was all over the place, a bit like the Giants (and, to be honest, many of the scores this season, which has been less a case of parity and more a case of wtf).


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 22, 2012, 11:16:54 AM
Not quite sure what happened to my previous post, but Accuscore had the Gaints at 6-4 at this stage, which is correct, but their choices of won/lost games was all over the place, a bit like the Giants (and, to be honest, many of the scores this season, which has been less a case of parity and more a case of wtf).


What happened to your last post is that your post ended up in the middle of all the quoted text I did find it eventually  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 22, 2012, 11:18:16 AM
Accuscore computers predict scores for all this seasons games here are the predictions for the teams people said they supported in this thread.

new-england-patriots (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/1/new-england-patriots-2012-season-projections)

miami-dolphins (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/4/miami-dolphins-2012-season-projections)

dallas-cowboys (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/17/dallas-cowboys-2012-season-projections)

new-york-giants (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/19/new-york-giants-2012-season-projections)

san-francisco-49ers (http://espn.go.com/nfl/photos/gallery/_/id/8310034/image/29/san-francisco-49ers-2012-season-projections)

If you want to view every teams use the Patriots link above and then use the right arrow that appears as the Patriots is the first in the gallery

Just taken a look at how accuscore is doing on it's 49ers predictions so far.

After week 11 their predictions had the 49ers at 8-2 which is pretty good considering their 7-2-1.  Although it was wrong about which 2 games they'd lose incorrectly predicting they'd lose to the Packers and Jests.  When in reality they lost to the Vikings and the Giants and tied with the Rams.  So although it's standing is quite accurate accuscore was wrong in 5 out of 10 games.

For the remaining games it has the 49ers losing to the Saints and Patriots and winning the rest

I think they've got the Giants record correct, but the actual results mixed up.
I'd have been happy with 6-4 at this stage of the season, but I bet the press aren't.
The one good thing is that the New York press have the Jests to moan louder about.

There I've rescued your text from within the quotes  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on November 22, 2012, 12:46:29 PM
Thanks.
Must take more care.
A bit like the Giants - although luckilly I don't have half of New York mad at me (or the other half laughing at me).


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 22, 2012, 02:59:19 PM
I like Mike Carlson's alternative name for them - the New Jersey Giants.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on November 22, 2012, 07:36:50 PM
What do you expect, when the only NFL team that plays in New York State is the Bills.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on November 23, 2012, 07:29:31 AM
Oh dear, the Jests lost again.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 23, 2012, 08:22:12 AM
Oh dear, the Jests lost again.


How do you give up 35 points in a quarter yikes that's like playing Madden on easy :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 23, 2012, 08:23:43 AM
yes - giving up 35 points in a quarter tends to put you at a disadvantage.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 23, 2012, 09:28:04 AM
Wrecks and Sanchez must go.

Sanchez threw an interception and his fumble was returned for a TD.  His own TD throw came in the 4th when they were 49-12 down.  The team had 5 turnovers and lost 4 of them.  This means they have been destroyed in their last 2 division matches.

It was a home match...were there any Jests fans still there when Sanchez threw his TD ?  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 23, 2012, 09:50:50 AM
An interception and 4 fumbles lost, two of them returned for TD's , in that 2nd quarter they gave up 3 touchdowns in the space of 50 odd seconds.

The crowd were booing and calling for Tebow who was on the active roster and dressed to play despite having 2 broken rips which meant he had no business being there.

Ryan has to go they have to start looking at available coaches now even if they don't replace him till the offseason.


In 49ers news Alex Smith has been declared fit to play but Kaepernick likely to start against the Saints having taken all the 1st teams reps in practice.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 23, 2012, 11:16:46 AM
I must say, I'm looking forward to watching the highlight reel of this one.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 23, 2012, 12:07:31 PM
In 49ers news Alex Smith has been declared fit to play but Kaepernick likely to start against the Saints having taken all the 1st teams reps in practice.
I watched the first 20 minutes or so of the Niners-Bears games and Mr Kaepernick looked as good as Steve Young.  If he plays like that again this weekend, the band-wagon will be well and truely rolling.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 23, 2012, 12:21:29 PM
In 49ers news Alex Smith has been declared fit to play but Kaepernick likely to start against the Saints having taken all the 1st teams reps in practice.
I watched the first 20 minutes or so of the Niners-Bears games and Mr Kaepernick looked as good as Steve Young.  If he plays like that again this weekend, the band-wagon will be well and truely rolling.

Well the Bears apparently have the 2nd best defence in the league but I think he'll have a harder time of it against the Saints.  On the road in a dome crowd noise will be a factor.  I think the Saints will send more pressure and different looks than the Bears did on Monday.  It's going to be interesting to see how he reacts and if can reproduce the kind of display he had on Monday.

The Saints are on a roll and accuscore has the 49ers down to lose this one but having beaten them in the play offs last year and with the no1 ranked defence in the league if the 49ers can limit Drew Brees and get pressure on him I see no reason why the 49ers can't win this game (may be based on 49ers bias than actual fact  ;D )


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 23, 2012, 05:07:19 PM
I can see it going the 49ers' way as well. I mean, all you need to do is surround Brees with a few average height NFL players and he can't see beyond them.  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 23, 2012, 06:01:08 PM
Downloading the Patriots Jests game for a giggle


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 23, 2012, 06:43:07 PM
I might end up asking for a copy of that if the highlights aren't enough.  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 23, 2012, 06:47:41 PM
I might end up asking for a copy of that if the highlights aren't enough.  :D

No worries it's a 1280x720 2.54gb file I could copy it to a DVD and send it to you or upload it to my dropbox for you to download which ever's easier for you


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 23, 2012, 09:10:21 PM
Ooh, a DVD would be cool!  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 23, 2012, 09:12:02 PM
In other news, Rex Ryan reckons he'll still be coaching the Jest next season. He also reckons that they will impress people by the time this season is out. He didn't say they'd win the Super Bowl, though. For once.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 23, 2012, 09:28:17 PM
Did any of the assembled journalists NOT laugh ?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 23, 2012, 09:31:23 PM
Oh, this play is beyond funny (http://cdn1.sbnation.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/3754087/stillbetterthancassel.0_standard_709.0.gif)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 23, 2012, 09:43:30 PM
Aha. Hahaha. Hahahaha. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 23, 2012, 09:44:29 PM
Tackled by a butt !

This fan was not so happy...

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdxad9TJwN1qzaoamo1_500.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 23, 2012, 09:45:42 PM
Not even two Ryans can come up with a plan...

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdxaek5eRf1qzaoamo1_500.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 23, 2012, 09:46:39 PM
Happy Thanksgiving !

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdxafaMq611qzaoamo1_500.jpg)

 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 23, 2012, 09:57:04 PM
"Tim Tebow had no real shot at playing against the New England Patriots.

The New York Jets' backup quarterback has two broken ribs, and coach Rex Ryan insisted Tebow still could've played, but he had no intention of putting him on the field Thursday night unless it was an emergency.

Apparently, a 49-19 blowout didn't qualify."

 ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 23, 2012, 10:09:21 PM
 :D

It is strange how Tebow was still considered active even with two broken ribs. Maybe the plan was to put him in and break him once and for all, so everyone would stop shouting at Sanchez for being so useless.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 23, 2012, 10:46:32 PM
That play was hilarious and even more embarrassing than when they fell for Dan Marino's fake spike (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZfzr9tB4oo)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on November 23, 2012, 11:18:04 PM
Oh, this play is beyond funny (http://cdn1.sbnation.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/3754087/stillbetterthancassel.0_standard_709.0.gif)

Absolutely brilliant.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 23, 2012, 11:32:56 PM
That play was hilarious and even more embarrassing than when they fell for Dan Marino's fake spike (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZfzr9tB4oo)

Ingenius.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 24, 2012, 03:47:22 PM
I've just watched the Pats @ Jest highlights. Oh my giddy aunt, all of those Gang Green turnovers are hilarious. I can't believe it. Even from an outsider's view, they are comedy gold.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 24, 2012, 07:18:19 PM
I've just watched the Pats @ Jest highlights. Oh my giddy aunt, all of those Gang Green turnovers are hilarious. I can't believe it. Even from an outsider's view, they are comedy gold.

I've got the whole game on DVD for you if you still want it  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 24, 2012, 07:38:09 PM
Oh yes please! The Michaels and Collinsworth commentary would be priceless.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 24, 2012, 07:38:24 PM
It was a typical Thanksgiving event.  With the Jets taking the part of the Turkeys.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 24, 2012, 08:27:36 PM
Oh yes please! The Michaels and Collinsworth commentary would be priceless.  ;D

Email me or PM your address and I'll put it in the post for you :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 25, 2012, 10:55:24 AM
Watching the Redskings@Cowboys game from Thursday


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 25, 2012, 02:05:54 PM
Wrapping up Thursday's games watching the Texans@Lions


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 25, 2012, 02:42:15 PM
Since my sleep schedule is borked, I expect I'll be staying up to watch the Packers @ Giants game tonight. I'll be rooting for the Packers, although not having Clay Matthews active could hurt their chances in the defensive game.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 25, 2012, 03:12:26 PM
Man the Lions and the refs cocked up big time on the Forsett TD.

Forsett was down but not ruled down no whistle was blown and he carried on running and scored a TD.  Replay clearly showed he was down but contact but the Lions coach threw the challenge flag when there was no need to as all scoring plays are reviewed.

The problem is if you throw the flag in a situation where you can't challenge it's a fifteen yard penalty and the play doesn't get reviewed DOH!

That brought the Texans back to 21-24



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 25, 2012, 03:29:14 PM
Looks like they might review the rules because of that - coaches throw the flag almost by instinct.

I think the League realises the refs should never have missed it in the first place - he was down with three parts of his body  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 25, 2012, 04:22:51 PM
That was the changing point in the game. 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 25, 2012, 06:03:31 PM
Looks like they might review the rules because of that - coaches throw the flag almost by instinct.

I think the League realises the refs should never have missed it in the first place - he was down with three parts of his body  ::)

And they should that's exactly what happened he threw the flag by instinct and it's not the first time it's happened this season.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 25, 2012, 06:04:34 PM
That was the changing point in the game. 

Such a shame that the game turned on that play the challenge flag shouldn't have been an issue the refs should have made the right call on the field he was clearly down


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 25, 2012, 11:03:22 PM
James will be happy. Just.

Meanwhile, I'm happy for the Browns.  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 26, 2012, 02:06:54 AM
Watching Green Bay @ New Jersey. Mike Carlson has just replied to one of my tweets.  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on November 26, 2012, 07:21:17 AM
I'll listen for that when I start watching the game tonight.
I'm happy with the result.
Not really looked at the other scores yet.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 26, 2012, 07:26:32 AM
Well, Miami won and they must be so chuffed to be above the Jets and Bills in the division.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 26, 2012, 09:25:23 AM
I would hate to be below them...

Our running game suddenly appeared in places, and Tannehill showed he has the quality to be a franchise QB.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 26, 2012, 10:24:30 AM
Couldn't find the 49ers game to download before I left for work so means I won't get to download till tonight and that may mean not getting to watch it till tomorrow.

So I couldn't resist looking at the score


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 26, 2012, 10:28:31 AM
Oh and thank you Miami  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 26, 2012, 12:09:56 PM
Should help you through your QB quandary  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 26, 2012, 12:13:22 PM
It looks like the Niners have a good shot at the Superbowl this year.  Their QB controversy is based on having two good players.  Other teams have controversies based on which is the least bad.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 26, 2012, 01:44:41 PM
I'll listen for that when I start watching the game tonight.

Oh, it was only on Twitter, but still. Made me smile.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 26, 2012, 02:33:05 PM
Some more ticket news for the International series games at Wembley next season:

Quote
We have some more exciting news for you as we continue the countdown to the 2013 International Series games. Following the successful sale of Club and Premium Club season tickets last week, we are extending the season-ticket package to all general admission seating areas, offering the same 20% saving.

These tickets will go on sale at 10am on Tuesday, December 4 via Ticketmaster. At the same time, tickets for individual games in the Club and Premium Club sections will also be on sale.

Then, general admission seating tickets for individual games will go on sale around January 11 (exact date to be confirmed in near future).

When I looked earlier at the original 2 game offer for Club and Premium Club seats only Premium Club seats were remaining so how can they have Club seats left to sell for individual games. 

I wonder what sort of tickets are going to be left in January when individual general admission seats go on sale I hope I can still get the same sort of seats Mouse and I had this year


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 26, 2012, 03:57:10 PM
The Jests continue to amuse  ;D

"EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Bill Belichick once famously quit the New York Jets, without ever coaching a game, by scribbling "I resign as HC of the NYJ" on a piece of paper.

The Jets' most attention-seeking fan, "Fireman Ed", aka former New York firefighter Ed Anzalone, used 275 words to do essentially the same thing. In a self-penned column in the Metro, the free newspaper handed out mostly at subway stations, Anzalone announced he will no longer attend games as "Fireman Ed."  Anzalone became famous for leading the "J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets" chants at home games while wearing a fireman's helmet. Anzalone cited the coarsening of conditions at Jets games due to fans' anger at the team's struggles this season and the quarterback controversy between starter Mark Sanchez and backup Tim Tebow. Anzalone wears a Sanchez jersey to games and said he left Thursday's blowout loss to the New England Patriots at halftime due to heckling.

"This is an indication of how society has lost and is continuing to lose respect for one another," Anzalone wrote. "… The fact that I chose to wear a Mark Sanchez jersey this year and that fans think I am on the payroll – which is an outright lie – have made these confrontations more frequent. Whether it's in the stands, the bathroom or the parking lot, these confrontations are happening on a consistent basis. Although I can 'hold my own,' I do not want to lose my temper and make a stupid mistake."

Anzalone said he'll still attend games, just not wearing the helmet or to lead cheers on the stadium Jumbotron. He has been a Jets fan since 1975. The team has failed to win a Super Bowl during that time (its only championship came in 1968). The defection of Fireman Ed is the latest in the Jets' bizarre, circus-like season which has included as many soap opera turns as ugly defeats. The fact that a fan would need to write a column explaining his rationale for quitting what is an unpaid, unofficial "job" is comical yet predictable. The Jets are a disappointing 4-7 on the season and the offseason signing of Tebow has made little impact on the field while leaving the team dealing with repeated sideshows and unnecessary dramas – from teammates anonymously ripping him to an apparent fan division so deep that even Fireman Ed is wary of having to fight someone in the stands. "We have had much worse teams than this and I never left before," Anzalone wrote. "I pride myself in that, because I am not a quitter." The Jets have had far worse teams through the years. Yet maybe none has been quite as strange as this season's club.

At least Belichick, who cited uncertain ownership for quitting in 2000 after just one day on the job, practiced brevity in his announcement. Fireman Ed went on and on. Belichick wound up the head coach of archrival New England, where he's won three Super Bowls and dominated the AFC East. That decision truly hurt the franchise. This one is simply absurd. "I will always love the Jets because they are in my heart, and I will attend games as usual, just not as Fireman Ed," Anzalone wrote. "God bless and, as always, let's go Jets!"

It's a circus perhaps only the J-E-T-S could create."




Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 26, 2012, 04:03:28 PM
I felt sorry for Fireman Ed in that game as they showed a close up of him on TV during that 2nd quarter and he looked thoroughly depressed


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 26, 2012, 04:07:30 PM
He deserves no pity...

Read the tweets in this thread from the Phinsider (http://www.thephinsider.com/2012/11/25/3691058/jets-fireman-ed-resigns-from-something-he-wasnt-hired-to-be) - the comments section is pretty funny, too  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 26, 2012, 04:35:44 PM
This weeks NFL QB's on Facebook (http://profootballmock.com/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-the-playoff-picture/)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 26, 2012, 04:43:19 PM
So, so spot on !!!

 :D ;D :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 26, 2012, 08:49:18 PM
Half way through the 49ers game thanks to tenyardtorrents

5.59gb downloaded in under an hour  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 26, 2012, 09:24:32 PM
This weeks NFL QB's on Facebook (http://profootballmock.com/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-the-playoff-picture/)

Great.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 27, 2012, 09:39:36 PM
The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to terms with LB NaVorro Bowman on a five-year contract extension through the 2018 season. The 49ers now have all four of their starting linebackers under contract through at least the 2015 season (Ahmad Brooks - 2017; Patrick Willis – 2016; Aldon Smith – 2015).

“NaVorro epitomizes what we look for in a 49er,” said 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke. “We are excited that the All Pro tandem of Willis and Bowman will be together in red and gold for years to come.”


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 27, 2012, 10:24:07 PM
I'm watching the Monday night match between the Panthers and the Eagles. I already know who wins, but it's easy to tell just 25 minutes into viewing time.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 27, 2012, 11:09:07 PM
This is still just way too funny  ;D

"The "butt-fumble" is now fourth in the New York Jets' 2012 lexicon, right behind "Tebow," "Fireman Ed," and whatever goofy thing Rex Ryan is saying these days. Mark Sanchez's fumble in the New England Patriots' 49-19 Thanksgiving evening drubbing of the Jets has become a YouTube sensation, and meme all its own, because Sanchez bumped into the butt of guard Brandon Moore before he let go of the ball.

In one play, the Jets summarized their season, because Sanchez was thinking of another play when he went the wrong way on a handoff, Pats defensive tackle Vince Wilfork bulled Moore into the backfield, and there it was. Butt, meet face. Defensive back Steve Gregory returned the fumble for a touchdown, part of a 21-point run that New England put together in less than a full game-clock minute.

"I just can't tell you what's going on in Mark's mind when he admits to having thought of another play when he turned out the wrong way," former Jets quarterback (and current Jets critic) Joe Namath said on New York radio. "Are they giving him too much to think about at this stage? I don't know where his head is, man."

Actually, we did know where Sanchez's head was. And Moore, the protagonist on that play, is really sick of talking about it. He's even more displeased with NBC's Cris Collinsworth, who described the play in explicit detail during the "Thursday Night Football" broadcast.

"Oh my gosh, Vince Wilfork just threw Brandon Moore into Mark Sanchez," Collinsworth said during the telecast. "I have never seen this before in my life. Watch this, Vince Wilfork is going to throw Brandon Moore back into his quarterback, [and Sanchez is] going to fumble the football. This is what Reggie White used to do, forklift them and just lift them off the ground. Mark Sanchez [is] not expecting it, and it was the back side of Brandon Moore that knocked the ball out."

Moore had a few words for Collinsworth this week.

"The Collinsworth guy, I've never been a big fan of his," Moore said on Monday. "To portray it that way and to see it on TV, somebody slides into the back of you, that play happens a lot. ... I didn't know what was going on until after the game. During the game, I didn't know, and good thing I didn't know.

"Just as a commentator, I don't particularly care for him. That's just as a fan watching the games in general. ... I don't need to get into [specifics]. He's ... whatever."

It's certainly understandable that Moore's peeved about the attention this play is getting, but does this really happen a lot? A guard gets grown-manned into his own backfield and causes his quarterback, who is thinking of the wrong play, to lose the football? Maybe in Pee Wee league, but we tend to expect more of NFL players.

At least, we tend to expect more of most NFL players. The Jets have put us on notice for the truly bizarre."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 28, 2012, 12:19:22 AM
I fell asleep during the third quarter. After a good start, it just lapsed into being, well, dull. I think the Eagles are through this season.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 28, 2012, 10:16:51 AM
The Eagles have really blown the last two seasons...and they may have to go back to the starting point all over sgain...not unlike the Cowboys.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 28, 2012, 12:55:30 PM
Mike has sent me a copy of the Pats @ Jest game. Cheers, buddy!  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on November 28, 2012, 01:01:47 PM
The Eagles have really blown the last two seasons...and they may have to go back to the starting point all over sgain...not unlike the Cowboys.

I've already forgotten the name of the Eagles QB, but he looked completely out of his depth in the quarter that I managed to watch. Even Andy Reid looked as if he had given up.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 28, 2012, 01:20:12 PM
Mike has sent me a copy of the Pats @ Jest game. Cheers, buddy!  ;D

No problem mate  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 28, 2012, 02:32:32 PM
49ers have placed Kendall Hunter (RB) and Kyle Williams (WR) on the injured reserve list.  Gutted for Hunter he was having a good season.  With Williams out maybe we'll actually see AJ Jenkins who they drafted in the 1st round this year.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 28, 2012, 08:47:19 PM
Saw a tweet earlier saying next weeks MNF between Giants and Redskins will be shown on the BBCHD channel as well as the usual online and Red Button service.

Just confirmed it on the NFLUK site http://forum.nfluk.com/showthread.php?t=94046


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 28, 2012, 09:19:20 PM
Colin Kaepernick will start for the 49ers against the Rams on Sunday

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8687095/colin-kaepernick-san-francisco-49ers-start-qb-st-louis-rams


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on November 28, 2012, 11:46:39 PM
Tannehill and his Dolphails look like they're asking for it (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000102325/article/dolphins-tannehill-patriots-are-just-another-team?campaign=Twitter_atl)...

"You're prodding the scorpion!"


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on November 29, 2012, 07:21:12 AM
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They're areally good team.  They've won a lot of games this year.  But that's not something that affects us.

Mmmm...

New England     8 3
Miami               5 6
NY Jets            4 7
Buffalo             4 7
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Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 29, 2012, 09:04:13 AM
Or you could read what he says on the Pats website (http://www.patriots.com/news/article-1/Dolphins-Ryan-Tannehill-Conference-Call-Transcript/ab148087-6145-46b0-bca7-d2d6152a5f12)

"(On if the players are aware that the Patriots can clinch the division this week)
"I had no clue until you just said that. I don't think it's anything that we're talking about in the locker room thus far. We're just obviously focused on a good Patriots team that is going to come in and play hard and play well. So we know that we're going to have to play well and hopefully come away with a victory."

(On the division going through the Patriots and if it's a point of emphasis to beat them to make case in the AFC East)
"Yeah, for sure. If you want to be the best team in the division, you've got to knock off the team that's on top and right now they have the best record in the division. They've been playing well. Obviously, we want to win every game. Division games are amped up just that much more and when you're playing the leader in the division, it makes it a little bit more fun.""


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 29, 2012, 09:13:42 AM
Or maybe you would prefer to hear from Coach Philbin...

"(On his message to the team when the opponent is coming to town knowing that they can clinch the division with a win)
"Believe it or not, this is the honest to God truth, I didn't know that. I'm not surprised as I'm looking at what they've done the last five weeks. We're just looking to improve and play better. We thought we did some things here this week that we haven't done here yet; this is our 11th week here together. And going into our 12th game, we've got to show a lot of improvement to beat this football team, there's no doubt about it. So we're not worried necessarily about that. We're worried about how well they're executing in all three phases of the game, but as far as the standings right now, that's not really a focus of ours."

(On how different the Patriots look without Rob Gronkowski in the lineup)
"Well they looked pretty good the other night when I saw them. I didn't watch a whole lot on Thanksgiving night, but I've watched it since and they played very, very well. Obviously the guy is a heck of a football player and what he has done in his short career is extremely impressive, but they have good players, and as you guys know, when injuries occur, teams have to adjust and move on. They moved on quite well against the Jets.""

Nuff 'spect, blud ?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 30, 2012, 09:50:55 PM
Just watched the Saints@Falcons game from last night .

Wasn't impressed with either side to be honest and that 11-1 record flatters the Falcons


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 30, 2012, 09:52:15 PM
There's a couple of good articles on Yahoo Sports about the 49ers and their QBs...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 30, 2012, 10:20:07 PM
Thanks James read a couple there seems to be more


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 01, 2012, 05:43:47 PM
Kansas City Chiefs player kills his girlfriend then himself http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20568348  :(


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 01, 2012, 07:21:23 PM
It's been announced it was linebacker Jovan Belcher. So, so sad.  :(


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 01, 2012, 08:34:46 PM
When citizens are allowed to possess arms, this sort of thing happens.  I suspect that the only reason why this was reported was because it involved a professional sportsman.

It doesn't make it less sad, of course.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 02, 2012, 08:41:42 PM
Surely this means Sanchez was pulled...

"New York Jets    Comp Att    Yds    Pct    Y/A    Sack    YdsL    TD    Int    Rating
Mark Sanchez    10    21    97    47.6    4.6    3    14    0    3    21.4
Greg McElroy    4    6    16    66.7    2.7    0    0    1    0    109.7 "


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 02, 2012, 08:46:54 PM
Yep, McElroy is in.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 02, 2012, 08:49:24 PM
 ;D

"It's tough to watch a NFL game with one incompetent quarterback.

When there are two incompetent quarterbacks, it becomes the Jets vs. Cardinals, an entirely unwatchable mess of a contest. At least Jets coach Rex Ryan gave any poor souls watching that game a break when he finally yanked Mark Sanchez.

Sanchez threw three interceptions on the Jets' first five possessions. Even for Sanchez, who has made laughable mistakes into his trademark, that's bad. Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes had two of those interceptions. The Jets finally couldn't take anymore. With 4:48 left in the third quarter, the Jets put in backup Greg McElroy. Tim Tebow is out with an injury. The Jets fans cheered wildly when McElroy was warming up on the sideline, then continued to cheer when McElroy came on the field for his first NFL appearance. Sanchez was 10-of-21 for 97 yards and three interceptions when he got pulled.

But Arizona did almost nothing despite all of Sanchez's problems, which says a lot about the Cardinals' own quarterback issues. Ryan Lindley, a rookie sixth-round pick who is the third starter Arizona has had this season, finished the first half 6-of-20 for 48 yards and an interception.

During one stretch, the quarterbacks combined for 10 passes - one was complete, six were incomplete, and three were intercepted.

The first half ended with the Cardinals leading 3-0. That might be three more points than either offense deserved."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 02, 2012, 08:54:44 PM
McElroy has made a touchdown.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 02, 2012, 09:07:14 PM
And it turns out that touchdown won them the game. I get the feeling that Sanchez will be benched next week...  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 02, 2012, 09:10:47 PM
Tebow might be back then...

 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 02, 2012, 09:11:55 PM
Beating the Cards is not exactly noteworthy.  

9ers and Rams back in overtime.

Oh, and the Pats have wrapped up the division.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 02, 2012, 09:12:42 PM
The Patriots beat the Dolphins to take the AFC East. I'm looking forward to seeing the highlights and reports as it didn't seem to be an easy ride for either team.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 02, 2012, 09:15:42 PM
I think Jake Long may have picked up an injury.  Sounds like our defence played hard, though we still need to improve the secondary.  They need to bring in some legitimate weapons for Tannehill - I can see us going CB, WR and TE as draft priorities.  For a rebuilding team we are not doing badly - I would much rather be where we are than where the Bills and the Jets are.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 02, 2012, 09:29:43 PM
There was a great QB run from Tannehill which completely outfoxed the Pats' defence until it was too late to react. Great play.

Brady threw an interception which he shouldn't have thrown. Maybe he thought Edelman would beat his coverage, but not when he couldn't see he was being thrown at. An unwise move. Speaking of Edelman, he left the game with an injury. That guy has taken some really heavy hits in the last few games and he's someone we really can't afford to lose for the time being along with Gronk.

We need some of our injured starters back, I think. Once the play-offs start, the team needs to be as healthy and complete as can be. We might even see the Bostom TE Party finally put into action.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 02, 2012, 09:30:36 PM
Meanwhile, the Chiefs beat the Panthers, which is a nice way to end a time of darkness for them.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 02, 2012, 09:41:55 PM
Sounds like Miami mistakes led to 17 points for the Pats.  If we can improve in the draft then next year could be very interesting.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 02, 2012, 09:43:17 PM
I would much rather be where we are than where the Bills and the Jets are.
5 and 7 you mean?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 02, 2012, 09:47:54 PM
and the 49ers lose to the Rams in OT ::)

Neither QB threw a TD. 49ers TD came on a 1yard Frank Gore run after a 11 play 60 yard drive in the first quarter.

Kaepernick was the 49ers leading rusher with 9 carries for 80 yards the longest run being a 50 yard effort.  He also gave away a safety after an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone. He later gave up a fumble near the goal line which was returned for the Rams only TD. It was 10-10 after that before both sides kicked field goals the 49ers with 1:38 remaining and the Rams with 0:02 remaining and so it went to OT with the score at 13-13.

The Rams kicked a winning 54 yard FG with 0:30 remaining in OT to win the game 16-13.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 02, 2012, 09:58:09 PM
I would much rather be where we are than where the Bills and the Jets are.
5 and 7 you mean?
No.  Getting better instead of worse.  Although, to be fair to the Bills, they never got better to get worse.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 02, 2012, 09:58:50 PM
So who's going to be the QB for the 49ers next weekend ?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 02, 2012, 10:05:25 PM
Kaepernick was 21 of 32 for 208 yards , 0 TD 0 INT he ran 9 times for 84 yards he was sacked 3 times.

I haven't seen the game but stats wise it sounds like both teams struggled to generate offence.

The 49ers were 8 of 19 on 3rd down conversions while the Rams were 3 or 16.  They punted 15 times between them both teams were 0-1 on 4th down attempts.

The 49ers had 148yds rushing to the Rams 85.

Sounds to me that fumble recovery was the key to the game coming with just 3:11 to go in the 4th quarter.

My guess is Kaepernick will keep the job next week


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 03, 2012, 07:18:05 AM
The 15 yard penalty on the Rams' last drive was what cost them that game.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 03, 2012, 08:31:45 AM
Interesting game tonight: Giants vs. RGIII (who seems to be doing quite well according to the highlights).


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 03, 2012, 09:49:22 AM
Here's a wonderful quote from, y'know Wrecks...

""I thought at that time I needed to make a change. That's why I made it. I'll always do what I think is in the best interest of our team and trying to find ways to win," Ryan said.

It didn't take long for questions to start on who will be the quarterback when the Jets head to Jacksonville next Sunday. Ryan said he'll let the media know when he is ready to tell them. He also said he has confidence in all three of the quarterbacks on New York's roster.

"I have confidence in Mark, I have confidence in Greg, I have confidence in, y'know Tim.""

Everyone is saying that if Tebow had been active then Wrecks would not have yanked Sanchez...what a disaster of a franchise  ::)



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 03, 2012, 12:07:00 PM
Quote
I thought at that time I needed to make a change. That's why I made it. I'll always do what I think is in the best interest of our team and trying to find ways to win

Sometimes replacing one person can have a big difference.  But I'm not sure that the right person has been replaced. 

Let's face it, they really should manage to beat the Cardinals, who had lost 6 in a row, in the cold in New York (ish).


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 03, 2012, 12:35:18 PM
Wrecks and Sanchez must both know they've had it.

And Alex Smith must be looking round the league thinking quite a few teams will be wanting to talk to him at the end of the season...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 03, 2012, 02:01:38 PM
The Eagles fire their defensive line coach http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8704605/philadelphia-eagles-fire-defensive-line-coach-jim-washburn-amid-8-game-skid


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 03, 2012, 08:11:37 PM
There's one person the Eagles should fire...but he's doing the firing  ::)

They're almost as messed up as the Jests.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 03, 2012, 09:21:53 PM
""I thought at that time I needed to make a change. That's why I made it. I'll always do what I think is in the best interest of our team and trying to find ways to win," Ryan said.

If he'd had listened to the whole world around him, he might have made that change sooner.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 04, 2012, 07:12:05 AM
Wrecks and Sanchez must both know they've had it.

And Alex Smith must be looking round the league thinking quite a few teams will be wanting to talk to him at the end of the season...
The Jets are a shambles right now.  The season is gone, and they have no clear thoughts for the future - why did they get Tebow, who is nowhere near a franchise QB?  Assuming that San Francisco let Alex Smith go, I'm sure that he could find a better place to go.



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 04, 2012, 08:06:31 AM
Play off race in the NFC going to be very interesting :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 04, 2012, 08:27:07 AM
Well that messed things up a bit, but i'm not surprised.
I've only seen the raw numbers so far, but i'll be trying to watch the Giants-Redskins game during the today.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 04, 2012, 10:06:04 AM
More tickets for both games at Wembley went on sale ticket prices are:

Lower Side Line £160

Upper Side Line (Row 1-20) £112

Lower End Zone £104

Upper Side Line £72

Upper End Zone £56

These prices are quite good for both games considering I paid £80 for my ticket for one game last year




Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 04, 2012, 03:26:13 PM
Upper Side Line (Row 1-20) £112 and Upper End Zone £56 season ticket packages are sold out


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 04, 2012, 05:27:42 PM
Looks like there might not be much left by the time individual tickets go on sale next month...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 04, 2012, 05:28:58 PM
I'm not surprised.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 04, 2012, 05:43:35 PM
Looks like there might not be much left by the time individual tickets go on sale next month...

I know but last time we had lower end zone tickets and I think they are still keeping tickets back for individual sale in each section.

Al least that what I'm telling myself although I was very tempted to get the £104 deal for both games considering we paid £80 last time


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 04, 2012, 09:47:31 PM
Julian Edelman has a broken foot and might be done for the season. Bollocks. He's been a star for the Patriots this year.  :(


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 05, 2012, 02:51:00 PM
I guess we'll all be cheering for da Jags  ;D

"Rex Ryan is sticking with Mark Sanchez as the New York Jets' starting quarterback.

The team announced Wednesday morning that Sanchez, benched last Sunday against Arizona, will get the start this week over Greg McElroy and Tim Tebow when the Jets play the Jaguars at Jacksonville.

Sanchez was pulled late in the third quarter, and McElroy came in and led the Jets to the only touchdown of the game on his first NFL drive and helped New York to a 7-6 victory. Sanchez was 10 of 21 for 97 and three interceptions, while McElroy was 5 of 7 for 29 yards and the score, and appeared to spark the team.

Ryan, who was scheduled to speak later Wednesday, said Monday that he needed ''a little more time'' to consult with his staff before making the decision for this week. It was perhaps the biggest call in Ryan's nearly four years as coach of the Jets, considering the sensitivity of the situation and the possible ramifications.

Sanchez, whose confidence was shaken with Sunday's miserable performance, gets a chance to bounce back from the first benching of his NFL career and to regain the trust of his teammates. He has struggled the last several weeks, with two touchdowns and five interceptions in his last four games. He'll likely be on a short leash against Jacksonville - with McElroy possibly ready to go.

''I'll just keep working, go study this film and keep trying to improve,'' Sanchez said Sunday after the game. ''I need to understand where the mistakes came from, keep studying, keep preparing, be ready to play next week and see what happens.''

It's uncertain if Tebow will be active against his hometown Jaguars after sustaining two broken ribs. He was medically cleared by team doctors to play, but Ryan chose to keep him active but not play against New England on Thanksgiving night and then made him inactive against Arizona.

If Ryan went with McElroy, a seventh-round pick in 2011 out of Alabama, it would have been a clear message that the franchise is moving on from Sanchez.

However, money could have played a role, too, with Sanchez owed $8.25 million next year in guarantees. The Jets are likely stuck with Sanchez and his contract, so they need to see if he can rebound. If he can't, it will be an intriguing offseason for New York, especially since Tebow has not played much since being acquired from Denver in March and might not be back next year.

It didn't appear that Tebow was much of a factor in Ryan's decision. Ryan said all three quarterbacks would be in the mix, but didn't want to speculate as to whether he would have pulled Sanchez in favor of Tebow last Sunday if he were active.

Tebow was expected to have a major role in the offense, but instead has been just a spare part averaging about seven offensive snaps per game. He has been listed as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, but if the Jets turned to McElroy, it would have meant that the No. 3 guy leapfrogged Tebow to start for the Jets.

Although Ryan said it wouldn't factor into his decision, the fact the team is playing on the road for the next two games should also help Sanchez.

He was booed mercilessly by the MetLife Stadium crowd last Sunday, particularly after each interception, and chants for McElroy were heard throughout the game. McElroy was cheered as he warmed up late in the third quarter, and there was growing sentiment among some fans and media that he earned a start after lifting the team.

The Jets are hoping he also sparked Sanchez, whom they deemed the face of the franchise just a few years ago when they traded up in the draft in 2009 and took him with the fifth overall pick. He helped lead New York to consecutive trips to the AFC championship game for the first time in team history, but it has been a bumpy ride since. Sanchez has been criticized the last two seasons for failing to take the next step in his development, and Ryan has been knocked for sticking with the quarterback for too long.

The two have been joined at the hip, and stand side-by-side during the national anthem before every game. Ryan was seen in the locker room consoling Sanchez after the game, his arm on his shoulder as the two spoke for a few minutes. Until last Sunday, the threat of being benched - even with Tebow on the roster - didn't appear to be a real possibility.

Now, Ryan has sent the message to Sanchez: Perform or else. And, Sanchez gets one more shot to save his job this season - and his status as the Jets' franchise quarterback."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 05, 2012, 05:04:13 PM
Hahahahaha. Hahahaha. Ha.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 05, 2012, 05:14:46 PM
You just know the first defensive play from the Jags is going to be a blitz  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 05, 2012, 07:15:59 PM
Be fair - the Jets are now on a one game winning streak.  I wonder if the game could possibly end 0-0.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 05, 2012, 08:36:53 PM
Hey Wrecks has his own twitter feed -> https://twitter.com/WrecksRyan (https://twitter.com/WrecksRyan)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 10, 2012, 01:59:31 PM
Just for the record...

(http://i.imgur.com/THmWH.jpg)

...Genesis Of The Jest.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 10, 2012, 02:11:19 PM
I think next weekend is going to key in deciding who has the no2 seed in the NFC with the 49ers @ Patriots and Packers @ Bears

This is fun tool for predicting playoff scenario's http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/playoffscenario

Not going to be easy for the 49ers with road games at New England and Seattle losses to both could drop them to 5th seed



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 10, 2012, 02:33:13 PM
I'm going to be watching last night's Lions @ Packers game later on and taping tonight's Patriots game. And then avoiding the entire Internet tomorrow until I can watch it after work.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 10, 2012, 04:54:16 PM
I like that - watching it after work.  It must be a good feeling.

BTW - the Jets won yesterday.  And the IfOnlies lost.

And talking of the IfOnlies, it seems that some of their players consider the Pats to be disrespectful for using the same play over and over. 

Quote
he New York Jets are the AFC East team that prays at the altar of "ground and pound," but it was the New England Patriots who used that philosophy Sunday to finish off the Miami Dolphins.

The Patriots ran the ball 13 out of 16 plays on their game-icing, field goal drive in a 23-16 win, repeatedly finding success with runs over the left guard. That repetitiveness bothered some Dolphins players.

"It really (ticked) me off," backup defensive tackle Tony McDaniel said, according to The Palm Beach Post. "It was disrespectful to us to run the same play over and over and be successful.

"Normally when somebody's driving down the field, you just think, 'Well, they just had a good run there,' but you run the same play over and over, as a competitor, that (ticks) me off."

The intense race for the playoffs is in full gear. Check out the latest situation in the postseason chase. More ...
 
"It is disrespectful," defensive tackle Randy Starks agreed, "but you've got to stop it. We never stopped it, so I'd keep running the same play, too."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 10, 2012, 05:41:04 PM
They're only disrespecting themselves if they can't stop the same run game 13 times on the same drive.  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 10, 2012, 06:07:58 PM
Been busy and only just seen the scores.
Giants won.
Looking forward to seeing the hightlights.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 10, 2012, 06:14:35 PM
Bloody hell, the Seahawks well and truly shut out the Cardinals...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 10, 2012, 08:23:15 PM
It's opposite day (http://profootballmock.com/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-opposite-day/) you see


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 10, 2012, 09:07:27 PM
 ;D  "Twat waffle".


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 10, 2012, 10:08:56 PM
In Salary Cap hell in my Madden 12 Franchise mode game.  All my wheeling and Dealing for draft picks left with $124million in Cap penalties which of course I didn't realise until I started a new season and went to re-sign players only to find that my cap space was -$39m.

So have had to release all my highest paid players (which will result in more cap penalties next season) and cut my roster to the bare minimum well actually I'm 4 players short of the minimum and I have enough cap space to draft 4 players and pay them.

Going to take me a few seasons I think to get my salary cap under control again


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 11, 2012, 12:31:05 PM
49ers suspend Brandon Jacobs for 3 games (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8733940/brandon-jacobs-suspended-san-francisco-49ers-final-3-games)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 11, 2012, 02:47:04 PM
I'd wondered where Mr.Jacobs had gone. He doesn't seem happy.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 11, 2012, 04:05:25 PM
Sounds to me like he pissed off Harbough so hasn't been getting game time and I guess now with Kendall Hunter injured maybe he was expecting to see some, only then to find Dixon and the rookie James get carries ahead of him.

I thought they would have used him more but it seems to me that he must have annoyed Harbough early in the season, he also had some injuries I think.  Even so when he came to the team I'm not sure how high is expectations should have been as he was always going to be a back up to Frank Gore.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 11, 2012, 04:18:57 PM
2012 NFL Week 15 playoff scenarios (http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/68188/2012-nfl-week-15-playoff-scenarios)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 11, 2012, 05:34:17 PM
Sounds to me like he pissed off Harbough so hasn't been getting game time and I guess now with Kendall Hunter injured maybe he was expecting to see some, only then to find Dixon and the rookie James get carries ahead of him.

I thought they would have used him more but it seems to me that he must have annoyed Harbough early in the season, he also had some injuries I think.  Even so when he came to the team I'm not sure how high is expectations should have been as he was always going to be a back up to Frank Gore.

There are ways.  Has Alex Smith been opening his mouth in the same way?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 11, 2012, 05:40:33 PM
Sounds to me like he pissed off Harbough so hasn't been getting game time and I guess now with Kendall Hunter injured maybe he was expecting to see some, only then to find Dixon and the rookie James get carries ahead of him.

I thought they would have used him more but it seems to me that he must have annoyed Harbough early in the season, he also had some injuries I think.  Even so when he came to the team I'm not sure how high is expectations should have been as he was always going to be a back up to Frank Gore.

There are ways.  Has Alex Smith been opening his mouth in the same way?

Not that I know of and he has more right to annoyed than Jacobs


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 11, 2012, 05:50:08 PM
Quite. 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 11, 2012, 06:02:58 PM
Didn't get Alex Smith anywhere, though...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 11, 2012, 06:41:05 PM
Watching the Dolphins@49ers game


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 11, 2012, 08:05:54 PM
Didn't get Alex Smith anywhere, though...

Yet.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 11, 2012, 11:26:08 PM
With less than seven minutes of gametime in the Texans @ Patriots game... I think it's safe to say that we won that one.  ;) ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 11, 2012, 11:27:08 PM
Sounds to me like he pissed off Harbough

It's not that hard to piss off a Harbough, though.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 12, 2012, 08:53:46 AM
Sounds to me like he pissed off Harbough

It's not that hard to piss off a Harbough, though.

I think their wound pretty tight those two :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 12, 2012, 09:24:20 AM
There was one fascinating article where former colleague after former colleague stated that Jim would not have taken being benched in the same way as Alex  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 12, 2012, 10:38:20 AM
I read that and I agree completely, JH would have totally thrown his toys out of the pram over being benched :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 12, 2012, 12:10:21 PM
Jim Harbough was QB for the Bears when I was living in the US (I think).  He got publically balled out by Mike Ditka for changing the play just before the snap. 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 12, 2012, 12:46:09 PM
Jim Harbough was QB for the Bears when I was living in the US (I think).  He got publically balled out by Mike Ditka for changing the play just before the snap. 

Didn't they turn the ball over on the play too or lost the game because of it? 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 12, 2012, 12:53:08 PM
I can't recall the details, but the one play surely did not cost them the whole game.  And there is the question of how it is handled in public.  I can't recall what happened the next season, I guess that JH found another team.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 12, 2012, 01:14:22 PM
Ditka wasn't going to let it lie  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 12, 2012, 01:25:38 PM
The Bears were up 13-0 or it might have been 20-0 against the Vikings he calls an audible and throws an interception that gets returned for a touchdown.  Mike Ditka was not happy.  The Bears went on to lose the game 20-21.

Highlights here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhNiJCyCmoo


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 13, 2012, 07:52:12 PM
There should be some good games this weekend.  Plus a couple of no-hopers from Florida play each other.  I can't think that Miami can loose to the London Jags.  Surely.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 13, 2012, 09:24:42 PM
Oh, I don't know...Chad Henne coming back to haunt us...and don't forget the Jags held the mighty Jests scoreless for a half...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 13, 2012, 10:33:41 PM
I'm looking forward to this Sunday's games, too.

Oi, Mike... suit up.  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 14, 2012, 07:04:26 AM
Are you watching on Sunday then?  I have some gig or other to go to.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 14, 2012, 07:28:49 AM
Eagles didn't look too impressive by the score last night.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 14, 2012, 09:13:34 AM
I'm looking forward to this Sunday's games, too.

Oi, Mike... suit up.  ;)

I hope I have a decent TV in my hotel room as I plan on staying up to watch it.

Gig will be long over by the time the game starts Rob


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 17, 2012, 12:00:10 PM
Stayed awake till gone 5am to watch the 49ers game which was crazy :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 17, 2012, 12:50:00 PM
Giants got shut out by the Falcons.
Typical Giants, can't make up their mind if they're going to be world-beaters or complete rubbish.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 17, 2012, 01:31:35 PM
I think the Dolphins may just be out of the play-off race, even though the best they can achieve is an 8-8 record...while the NFL considers opening up the playoffs to more teams  ::)

Hoping for a Jests loss tonight to go with the rest of the division.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 17, 2012, 06:12:18 PM
Since the 49ers @ Patriots match is still not up on 4OD, I couldn't wait any longer and had to check the score. ...Drat. But it looks like it was a close game. Next time, Mike... Next time...  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 17, 2012, 06:15:14 PM
Good heavens, the Cowboys now have an equal record to the Giants.  :o


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 17, 2012, 06:49:50 PM
Since the 49ers @ Patriots match is still not up on 4OD, I couldn't wait any longer and had to check the score. ...Drat. But it looks like it was a close game. Next time, Mike... Next time...  ;)

Wait till you watch it  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 17, 2012, 07:28:04 PM
Good heavens, the Cowboys now have an equal record to the Giants.  :o

And the Redskins. It's a shambles.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 17, 2012, 07:53:22 PM
There is a massive advantage in being in the top 2 in the conference.  I can't see Giants/ Redskins/ Cowboys getting to the Superbowl.  It looks like the Falcons or 49ers in the NFC.

And Miami are a lot better than I had expected.  Mind, playing 4 games against NYJ and Buffalo helps.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 17, 2012, 10:36:17 PM
And Miami are a lot better than I had expected.  Mind, playing 4 games against NYJ and Buffalo helps.
We have lost 2 out of 3 of those games so far...

Miami kept the Patriots to one of their lowest points totals this season, and hung there with the 49ers - we need to add some weapons on offence and take a look at the secondary.  We're not far off being a team who could challenge in the playoffs.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 17, 2012, 10:38:22 PM
Has the running game materialised yet?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 17, 2012, 10:59:14 PM
Reggie Bush should get a 1000 yard season.  One of the problems with that has been the poor form of Jake Long.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 18, 2012, 08:29:17 AM
A tweet I just saw:

"Mark Sanchez. 50 turnovers over the past 2 seasons! Last 3 games vs ARZ, JAX, TEN might be the worst 12 quarters of pro football ever played"


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 18, 2012, 08:31:34 AM
I must go and find the score  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 18, 2012, 08:39:10 AM
He had a worse QB rating than Tebow.  Let's put that in perspective...Tebow had one attempt which was incomplete and was sacked for a loss of 2 yards.  That was it.  And Sanchez did worse than that  ;D

4 ints and 1 fumble.  Wonder when Wrecks will consider benching him  ::) ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 18, 2012, 11:08:20 AM
Well worth a read  :D

"Even after all the circuses, all the bad plays, and all the execrable coaching decisions, the New York Jets actually still had a shot at the 2012 playoffs if they could keep the fires burning and get a little help. But that 6-7 Jets team went into LP Field in Nashville and played its most depressing game of the season. The 14-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans not only ended any hope the Jets had of a postseason, but left several questions looming large for an offseason that will come all too soon.

The Jets invested heavily in quarterback Mark Sanchez before the 2012 season, signing the alleged franchise quarterback to a five-year, $58.25 million contract extension in March. If they were to cut Sanchez in the offseason, it would put a $17.1 million cap charge on the team for the 2013 season ... but after the way he played in this game, and has played through much of the season, it might be worth it for the Jets to do so. Sanchez completed 13 passes in 28 attempts for just 131 yards, one touchdown pass, and four interceptions. His fifth turnover of the game came from the Titans' 25-yard line with 47 seconds remaining in the contest.

Titans punter Brett Kern gave the Jets a golden opportunity they didn't deserve with a horrible 19-yard punt, and it took Sanchez just one play to waste the opportunity. He couldn't handle a low shotgun snap from center Nick Mangold, running back Bilal Powell inadvertently kicked the ball away, and that was all she wrote.

"It doesn't feel good," Sanchez said after the game, when asked if this was his worst performance in recent memory. "To hurt your team like that, it's not a winning formula. Where it ranks on the scale, I don't know."

Rex Ryan knew -- the Jets' head coach was clearly depressed, and a far cry from the boisterous man who has liked to predict Super Bowl titles in previous seasons. Ryan seemed to understand that the team he, general manager Mike Tannenbaum, and owner Woody Johnson put together this year had no margin for error -- there simply isn't enough talent to afford mistakes.

"As big as this game is ... we knew it was a huge game for us," Ryan said. "You turn it over five times, get the ball on the 25-yard line, a chance to win it at the end, and you turn it over again. Obviously, it's extremely disappointing, to say the least."

Backup Tim Tebow got in for seven snaps in the first half, and no action in the second. There is no indication as to where the team will turn in its last two games of the 2012 season at that position. Tebow had one pass attempt -- an incompletion - and he was sacked once. Still, he had a higher quarterback rating than Sanchez (39.6 to 32.6).

"I'm not ready to say who will be our quarterback for the next game," Ryan said, opening it up for yet another week of dismal Tebow speculation on all the morning yap-yap shows.

Ryan deactivated third-string quarterback Greg McElroy so that he could put six receivers on the field, but as much as he wants to blame the turnovers for the Jets' offensive struggles, it was the playcalling, as much as anything else, that ended the team's season from a meaningful perspective. New York's offensive line was struggling all night to keep up with Tennessee's blitz packages, and Sanchez was clearly struggling with his deep accuracy. But time and time again, the calls were for the receivers to run deeper routes, while Sanchez bailed out of the pocket.

When Sanchez caught fire in the second quarter, the Jets did what they usually and inexplicably do in that case -- they pulled Sanchez after completions of 11 yards to receiver Jeremy Kerley and tight end Jeff Cumberland for 22 yards, plays that took the team from their own 16 to their own 49-yard line. Tebow came in and fumbled a handoff to halfback Shonn Greene, which Greene recovered for no gain. Sanchez came back in the game, threw two straight incompletion, and the Jets had to punt again.

Ryan said that it was his idea to bring Tebow in for the entire third series, and the results indicated that Ryan should stick to defense. The Titans blitzed Tebow mercilessly, knowing full well that he didn't have a sense of the audibles, and that he'd crack under pressure. The worst play came on a third-and-11 from the New York 42-yard line, when the Jets were busted for delay of game, leading to a third-and-16. The Jets left Tebow in for an obvious passing down -- not his strength at all.

"I have no idea what they're doing with this sequence of plays," ESPN's Jon Gruden said from the booth. "Obviously, the Titans are automatic-ing to a blitz every time Tebow's in the game, the Jets don't have an answer for it, and they can't get the plays called in time, and now it's third-and-16."

And on that play, Tebow ran around for a while, failed to find an open receiver, bent under the pressure, and threw the ball out of bounds. The failed conversion left the Jets with just three successes on third-and-10 or longer all season, by far the worst rate in the NFL.

"A run-for-your-life play," as Gruden called it. The Titans showed Cover-1, dropped linebackers back, and Tebow couldn't make the read.

The Jets went back to Sanchez on their next drive, with predictable results. Sanchez tried to throw to Kerley, but the pass was intercepted by Titans cornerback Jason McCourty. It was one of two picks by McCourty, and safety Michael Griffin matched McCourty's total.

The 5-9 Titans didn't play well enough to win, but they did what one does against the Jets -- hang around and wait for the implosion. Running back Chris Johnson broke a 94-yard run in the second quarter, but gained just 28 yards on his 20 other carries. Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker proved that as he did in college, he still has trouble throwing from the pocket, and he completed just 13 of 22 passes for 149 yards. Locker didn't throw for any touchdowns, but he wasn't picked off, either -- and that was all the difference. Locker did run for a 13-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Sanchez, who has accounted for 50 turnovers since the start of the 2011 season, gave the ball away on each of his team's final three possessions."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 18, 2012, 01:06:29 PM
That's going to be depressing viewing when I watch the game later in the week, and i don't even like either team.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 18, 2012, 01:07:37 PM
Right now I wouldn't use the term "team" for the Jets.  They are more of a collection of players.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 18, 2012, 03:22:02 PM
Not even sure some of them are players.

There has to be a complete clear out at the end of the season, playing and coaching staff.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 18, 2012, 03:27:03 PM
The Jets invested heavily in quarterback Mark Sanchez before the 2012 season, signing the alleged franchise quarterback to a five-year, $58.25 million contract extension in March.

Why the hell did they do that I don't remember him ever playing to a standard that made me thought he was good enough to be anybody's franchise QB ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 18, 2012, 03:40:15 PM
Wrecks said he was going to lead them to the Superbowl.

The whole thing has been questioned from the moment they moved up in the draft to take him.  He must be counted as a draft-bust now...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 18, 2012, 03:55:19 PM
It's very difficult to judge M Sanchez based on playing for the Jets (or, perhaps wearing a Jets uniform would be more accurate).  The whole franchise needs to be rebooted.  And the first boot should land square on the bottom of Wrecks.

Stangely, I watched the BBC i-player Pats game a couple of weeks ago, and the guy on there stated that he thought that Wrecks would be staying.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 18, 2012, 08:36:42 PM
I saw this on Twitter:

Quote
Retweet if you are a better QB than Mark Sanchez.

I retweeted it.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 18, 2012, 09:10:41 PM
 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 19, 2012, 06:51:47 AM
Go Tim !  Just go...

"The New York Jets are changing starting quarterbacks for this Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers but will not be turning over the keys to the NFL's 30th-ranked offense to Tim Tebow. Instead, Jets head coach Rex Ryan informed the quarterbacks that 2011 seventh-round pick Greg McElroy will replace Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback for the regular-season home finale.

McElroy spent the 2011 season on injured reserve and has been inactive for 13 of the Jets' 14 regular-season games to date this season. With Tebow inactive due to a rib injury, McElroy was active for a Week 13 game against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 2 and the Jets turned to the former Alabama standout to replace an ineffective Sanchez in the second half. In 32 snaps, McElroy completed 5 of 7 pass attempts for 29 yards and a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland in the 7-6 win, but he has not dressed the last two games as Tebow was healthy enough to play.

The decision to start McElroy could mean that both Tebow and Sanchez are playing elsewhere in 2013."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 19, 2012, 07:33:11 AM
There are two teams with worse offenses than the Jets???   :o :o :o


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 19, 2012, 10:34:11 AM
Jaguars and Cardinals apparently.
They must be awful.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 19, 2012, 10:43:19 AM
We beat the Jags, so they are.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 19, 2012, 09:01:09 PM
And the Cardinals beat us, so - no, wait, hang on...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 19, 2012, 09:13:29 PM
This season has been crazy.

The Jests could still end up above us in the division.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 19, 2012, 09:16:08 PM
They are 2nd right now.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 19, 2012, 11:01:43 PM
But it's a loooooooong way to the top... (if you wanna rock n' roll...)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 21, 2012, 11:31:30 AM
The BBC game is on Sunday morning this week:

Sunday, 23 December: Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions, 1:30am (BBC Sport)
Sunday, 23 December: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers, 5:30pm (Sky Sports 2)
Sunday, 23 December: New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens, 9:25pm (Sky Sports 2)
Sunday, 23 December: RedZone Channel, 6pm (Sky Sports 2)
Monday, 24 December: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, 0:45am (Channel 4)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 21, 2012, 11:32:26 AM
I can't believe the Dolphins playing the Bills is not in that schedule  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 21, 2012, 12:04:26 PM
It's panto season - so let's have the Jets.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 21, 2012, 01:29:45 PM
It's panto season - so let's have the Jets.

They had their Monday night game this week, I can't bring myself to watch that shambles.

Right now I'm watching the Vikings@Rams and I have the Giants@Falcons game to watch later


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 21, 2012, 02:52:01 PM
Apparently the Jests want Michael Vick...because he has been such a success with the Eagles over the last two seasons...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 21, 2012, 03:14:07 PM
The Week 16 Power Rankings (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/week-16-power-rankings-49ers-patriots-swap-places-161414903--nfl.html) make interesting reading.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 21, 2012, 05:58:42 PM
I had to laugh when I read on Twitter that McWotsisname, now starting QB for the Jest, said his biggest inspiration was... Mark Sanchez. Whoops.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 21, 2012, 05:59:12 PM
It's panto season - so let's have the Jets.

They had their Monday night game this week, I can't bring myself to watch that shambles.

Apparently, the presenters just ended up taking the piss.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 21, 2012, 08:25:30 PM
I've just watched the first half of the Jests-Titans game.
I almost felt sorry for Sanchez. He was either running for his life or being hammered, because the O-line just kept collapsing. He looked as if he was finally on track(ish) and they replaced him with Tebow for a total non-event series. Tebow can't throw, so the Titans just blitzed the entire series. And there's no blocking to get a running game going. They're just not competent on offence.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 21, 2012, 08:27:36 PM
I am so glad they have their Offensive Coordinator.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 21, 2012, 08:36:40 PM
I am so glad they have their Offensive Coordinator.

Hmm..Tony Sporano, the only person in the stadium wearing sunglasses so he didn't see what was happening.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 21, 2012, 08:40:19 PM
Does he decide what play they're going to do by rolling a dice on a board?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 21, 2012, 09:03:59 PM
I don't think it's that calculated.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 21, 2012, 09:20:11 PM
Just had another Twitter exchange with Mike Carlson, but this time it seemed to be about darts (or something, I haven't much of an idea).  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 21, 2012, 09:35:49 PM
During the 49ers Pats game I was tweeting with Ralph Sheheen he's an American motorsports commentator who likes my bike racing photos and is also a 49ers fan


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 21, 2012, 09:36:33 PM
Twitter is great.  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 23, 2012, 01:03:18 PM
Got home from the Thunder gig with about 3mins left in the 3rd Quarter of the Falcons@Lions game at that point there was only one score in so held off going to bed and watched the end of the game.

During the 4th quarter Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice' single season receiving yards record, I think he finished the night on 1892 so could potentially go over 2000 yards in his next game.

Rice set his record in the 1995 season with 1848 yards on a 122 receptions when the 49ers finished 11-5


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 23, 2012, 09:09:47 PM
A shame that Megatron's records don't equal Lions wins.

Some interesting scores today - the Patriots has just beaten the Jags, the Chargers look set to beat B-B-Benny and the Jest, the Titans have just put a score on the board... so now only trail the Packers by 48... and the Vikings have truly whupped the Texans.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 23, 2012, 09:18:05 PM
Need to emphasise that 'just' in the win over the Jags.  Looking good for Green Bay or the 49ers this season...

We beat the Bills, but are out of the playoffs as the Steelers lost. 

The Jests allowed their new QB to be sacked 11 times - welcome to the NFL !


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 23, 2012, 09:41:46 PM
 :D

"The New York Jets' quarterback situation, which has been slapstick all season, has officially degraded to the "killer joke" status once foretold by Monty Python's Flying Circus. On the flip cards released to the media before the team's game today at MetLife Stadium against the San Diego Chargers, Mark Sanchez AND Tim Tebow were each named as the #2 quarterbacks behind starter Greg McElroy.

In the end, it didn't matter. The Jets lost another game to fall to 6-9, and McElroy was sacked 11 times in the 27-17 defeat to the San Diego Chargers. Perhaps the Jets would have been better off if Tebow, who didn't throw a pass, blocked as some sort of H-back hybrid. McElroy completed 14 of 24 passes for 185 yards and a pick, though he should be given some sort of award for making it through the entire game. The only exciting pass play from the Jets came from the arm of receiver Jeremy Kerley on one of the rare gimmick plays that actually worked out for offensive coordinator Tony Sparano all season. Early in the first quarter, Kerley completed a 42-yard pass to Clyde Gates.

The Jets presumably did this depth chart trickeration because third quarterbacks are inactive, and they want to unleash their new three-quarterback game plan, which will revolutionize the NFL as we know ... aw, hell. We can't finish that sentence with a straight face.

Most likely, the Jets did this to steal all the pre-game Week 16 talk, which they most certainly have done. They also are aware, no doubt, that all active players must make themselves available to the media post-game, while inactive players don't have to. So, their priorities are in order, to be sure.

No truth to the rumor that they've also named Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick as the third quarterback, just for the heck of it.

From a football perspective (as if that matters to this team at this point), the move seemed to have happened after running back Joe McKnight woke up with a migraine, leaving an active roster spot open. Sanchez, benched by head coach Rex Ryan after throwing four picks in last Monday's loss to the Tennessee Titans, has been the subject of multiple trade rumors, though his trade value at this point is limited, to put it kindly. Tebow, who has been used far more as a media lightning rod than as an actual football player, has reportedly requested his trade or release from the Jets, and could very well be a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster in 2013.

So, there you have it. In a game that is so utterly meaningless from a playoff perspective that it was flexed into oblivion from its original Sunday night position, the Jets have still managed to blow up the Twittersphere and the blogosphere at the same time, in one very silly move.

Seemingly, that's all they wanted at this point. However, per one picture taken 15 minutes before the game by ESPN's Jane McManus, it has not had the desired effect on attendance."

(http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/W56kisfo35UoQhRGsBbJoQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTMxMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/sptusnflexperts/yaoo_jetsflipcard.jpg)

(http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/ofME53dwABs2xnwLcEB96Q--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/sptusnflexperts/yahoo_metlifeempty.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 23, 2012, 09:57:54 PM
Need to emphasise that 'just' in the win over the Jags.

Yes, it certainly looked that way from the little info I saw. I'll have to watch the highlights.

I got filled in about last week's match and there seems to be something funny going on. I know that play off position is secured, but I really hope Bellichick hasn't decided that now is the time to start holding back and experimenting with weird new plays, or trying to lull people into a false sense of security, or something mad... because that all could so easily backfire.  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 23, 2012, 10:01:52 PM
After last season I would not be surprised if he held back some players to avoid injury...but they would not be the first team to blow the playoffs because they had lost momentum.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 24, 2012, 02:40:59 PM
Started watching the 49ers game last night but went to bed sometime in the 3rd quarter.

Tough game for  the 49ers on top of the loss to lose Vernon Davies early with a concussion and then to have Mario Manningham leave with what looked like a serious knee injury.

They missed Jason Smith at defensive end, Aldon Smith just wasn't as effective without him there.

The Packers have overtaken them for the first round bye, to get it back the 49ers need to beat the Cardinals next week and hope the Packers lose to the Vikings in Minnesota


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 24, 2012, 02:48:47 PM
I think the Giants have blown it. I'm not sure if a miracle combination is possible in the last week to overtake the Redskins.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 24, 2012, 02:57:36 PM
I think the Giants have blown it. I'm not sure if a miracle combination is possible in the last week to overtake the Redskins.


If the Bears lose to the Lions and the Redskins beat or tie the Cowboys the Giants  would be the 6th seed, the Redskins would be the 4th seed.

A bears loss and a Cowboys win would see Dallas and Washington both in the playoffs


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 24, 2012, 03:06:18 PM
Just retried the scenario and the Giants need the Vikings to lose as well as the Bears.

If the Vikings beat Green Bay the Giants can't make the playoffs


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 24, 2012, 03:39:27 PM
Anything can happen. It's been a crazy season.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 24, 2012, 03:57:35 PM
Be interesting to see if the Pats rest any starters for the Dolphins game.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 24, 2012, 04:22:42 PM
I wouldn't have thought so.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 24, 2012, 04:25:27 PM
Only difference a Pats loss would make would be they could slip from 3rd to 4th seed, they still get a home wild card game  3rd seed will probably play the Bengals 4th seed will play the Colts


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 24, 2012, 04:34:08 PM
Don't they have the tiebreaker against all the other AFC teams, Mike?  If so, they can't drop below 3rd, but they could nip in front of Denver or Houston if either of those teams loose.  I can't see Denver messing up at Kansas City, but Houston won't find Indy easy.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 24, 2012, 05:01:15 PM
Just retried the scenario and the Giants need the Vikings to lose as well as the Bears.

If the Vikings beat Green Bay the Giants can't make the playoffs

So the Giants only require a minor miracle.
They don't really deserve one.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 24, 2012, 05:11:15 PM
Don't they have the tiebreaker against all the other AFC teams, Mike?  If so, they can't drop below 3rd, but they could nip in front of Denver or Houston if either of those teams loose.  I can't see Denver messing up at Kansas City, but Houston won't find Indy easy.

I was using http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/machine  and by selecting a Ravens win and a Pats loss it showed them both at 11-5 but the Ravens as 3rd seed


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 24, 2012, 05:13:01 PM
A Pats win and either a Broncos or Texans loss would see the Pats move to 2nd seed.

It Pats win and both the Broncos and Texans lose Pats would be no1 seed


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 24, 2012, 08:28:28 PM
Big rumours that the Jests are going to sack their very offensive coordinator.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 25, 2012, 11:44:48 AM
Torn ACL and PCL for Mario Manningham, done for the season  :(

Sadly as soon as I saw the tackle I guessed he'd torn his ACL, the way his leg got pulled like it did and the way he let go of the ball and screamed right away it was tough to watch. The way his leg was pulled it was almost like a deliberate attempt to injure him.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 26, 2012, 09:55:54 PM
Here are the latest Power Rankings (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/week-17-power-rankings-broncos-grab-hold-top-173245424--nfl.html)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 26, 2012, 10:08:17 PM
Oh no... the Ravens have reactivated Ray Lewis.

He just keeps coming back!  :o


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 27, 2012, 04:08:37 PM
2013 Pro Bowl Roster (http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/69086/2013-pro-bowl-roster)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 27, 2012, 04:52:06 PM
2013 Pro Bowl Roster (http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/69086/2013-pro-bowl-roster)

I've only had a quick look, and the voting always throws up some odd choices, but the list appears a bit more 'this season' as opposed to 'reputation' which has been the case in the past.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 27, 2012, 05:09:13 PM
I haven't seen much of the Chiefs but given their record how did they manage to get 5 in the pro bowl ???


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 27, 2012, 05:17:39 PM
Their defence has been on TV a lot?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 27, 2012, 05:24:50 PM
Their defence has been on TV a lot?


2 on Defence 2 on Offence and thier Punter who's probably had a lot work this season :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 27, 2012, 05:31:14 PM
You know that a team's playing badly when the punter is the MVP.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 27, 2012, 05:54:39 PM
There are still reputations in there.  Miami's centre has had a much better season than his brother...and our punter should have been in there ahead of the Chiefs' based on stats.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 27, 2012, 06:19:28 PM
Roll up, roll up - the circus is still in town !  Seriously, you could not make this up...

"The New York Jets' wacky quarterback situation took yet another twist.

Greg McElroy has a concussion - which he didn't reveal until Thursday - and will be replaced by Mark Sanchez as the New York Jets' starting quarterback in the season finale at Buffalo on Sunday.  Coach Rex Ryan walked into his news conference before practice, took the podium and opened with: ''You're not going to believe this.''

McElroy, preparing to make his second NFL start in place of the benched Sanchez, was lifting weights Thursday morning and started experiencing headaches, Ryan said. McElroy went to the team's training staff and then revealed he was suffering concussion-like symptoms after being sacked 11 times in the Jets' 27-17 loss to San Diego last Sunday.  McElroy and head trainer John Mellody then went to Ryan to tell the coach the news.

''We come to find out that Greg wasn't exactly truthful with our training staff after the game,'' said Ryan, who acknowledged he was ''stunned'' to hear it. ''He never disclosed that he had symptoms after the game to our trainers. Right now, he's being evaluated for a concussion.''  Ryan said there was no way he would play McElroy against the Bills and the third-stringer will ''definitely be out.'' McElroy had been listed on the injury report Wednesday with a mild abdominal strain, but was a full participant in practice and was expected to play without any issues.  ''I admire his courage and everything else, but you have to be truthful and I think that's the lesson learned here with the medical staff,'' Ryan said. ''The fact he really wanted to play, I understand the competitive side of Greg and all that, but the most important thing is the health of the players. Obviously, I feel fortunate that something like this showed up without him going out there and putting himself in harm's way.''

Ryan chose to start Sanchez over Tim Tebow because the team has just two practices and a walkthrough to prepare before the game.  ''Mark has had success earlier in the season against Buffalo and he's very familiar with them,'' Ryan said. ''That's the reason I'm going with Mark.''  After finding out about McElroy's condition, Ryan spoke with both Sanchez and Tebow to tell them of his decision.  ''Obviously, Tim's not happy with that, as you'd expect,'' Ryan said.

Sanchez was benched for the first time in his four-year career after turning the ball over five times at Tennessee on Dec. 17. McElroy leapfrogged Tebow on the depth chart to start against the Chargers.

The news comes on the heels of some tension between Ryan and Tebow last week, when the popular backup quarterback told the coach he was ''disappointed'' at not getting the start and wanted to play ''regular quarterback.'' ESPN New York first reported Sunday that Tebow asked out of the wildcat, and a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed that to The Associated Press. But Tebow insisted Wednesday that he did not ask out of doing anything and acknowledged that Ryan might have misinterpreted what he said.  The two met again last Friday to clear the air, and Tebow reiterated that he was willing to do anything the team asked him to do. Tebow will be the No. 2 quarterback on Sunday at Buffalo, and could play - but it won't be as the starter.  ''Obviously, he'd like a shot at it,'' Ryan said, ''but with the situation the way it is, it's a short window, really, to get the preparation time in and I just think it's best for our football team.''"

 ::) ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 27, 2012, 07:35:54 PM
I'm surprised that Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow don't suggest that Wrecks himself should be QB.  It hardly matters who it is if they're going to get sacked 10 times, does it?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 27, 2012, 08:15:13 PM
I'm starting to feel really sorry for poor Tebow. The Jest circus has hardly been anything resembling respectful to him.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 27, 2012, 08:18:20 PM
I had a great conversation with my cousin today about NFL. He got into the sport completely seperate from me (along with one or two of my other traits, spookily) and he supports the Bears. Not only that, but he also plays for a team - one of the college teams in/near County Durham. I tell you, all that training really has made him look trim.

We're hoping to go to the Steelers @ Vikings game at Wembley next year.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 29, 2012, 10:01:56 PM
Good news from Wrecks...for the Pats, Bills and Dolphins  ;D

"Rex Ryan has no plans to go anywhere.

Doesn't want to, he said.

The feisty New York Jets coach opened his news conference Friday by denouncing a published report that said he would welcome being fired if owner Woody Johnson doesn't make significant personnel and coaching changes to the offense.

''There was a report that was untrue,'' Ryan said. ''The fact is, and it's simple: This is the only team that I want to coach. Period. This is my team. These are my players. I don't want to coach somebody else's players. This is the team I want to coach.''

With the Jets (6-9) out of the playoffs for the second straight season, Ryan's job status has become somewhat tenuous in his fourth year. But Ryan said he was ''mad as a hornet'' when he read the Daily News story, and immediately called Johnson to deny it.  The paper, which quoted unidentified sources, said it stood by the report. The back page carried a picture of Ryan and a headline that said: ''Rex Wants Out ... Unless Woody spends on Jets' woeful offense.''

''It's a very solid report,'' said Teri Thompson, managing editor for sports at the Daily News.

Ryan said he was contacted by the reporter Thursday night, but his response wasn't included. Thompson said it was an off-the-record comment and as such was not published.

''There's no bigger Jet than me,'' Ryan insisted. ''I want to be the Jets' head coach for the next 15 years.''

Several Jets players said Ryan talked about the story with them in the team meeting earlier in the day, but declined to elaborate on what was said.  The Jets are preparing to finish their season at Buffalo on Sunday. In limbo are the futures of Ryan, general manager Mike Tannenbaum, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano and quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez.

''Let's face it, I wear Jets stuff every single day,'' Ryan said. ''I'm proud to be a Jet. Sometimes I'm proud to be a Jet more than others. I mean, this season has been a rough one. But this is my team that's how I approach it. I believe that we can accomplish what I set out to do when I took the job. And that's the truth.''"


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 29, 2012, 10:29:15 PM
To be fair, he had to say those things even if he doesn't believe them.  And it doesn't matter who the QB is if the O-Line allow a couple of sacks every quarter.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 29, 2012, 10:40:47 PM
He didn't have to say "15 years"...and it will be interesting to see if the O-line bother to protect the QB this weekend.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 29, 2012, 10:48:04 PM
We might be looking up a new definition for 'try'.  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 29, 2012, 11:20:31 PM
I wonder what Woody Johnson's reaction to Wrecks' phone call was, could it have been:

"I was really hoping  you wanted to go would save me the trouble of firing you, oh and take Tony, Mark and Tim with you while your at it" ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 30, 2012, 06:35:21 PM
Mark Sanchez's second completion of the day is a touchdown... for the Bills.  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 30, 2012, 07:18:05 PM
I want the Jests to win...so they have lower draft picks  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 30, 2012, 07:20:00 PM
I want the Jests to win...so they have lower draft picks  ;D

It's not like they'll put those draft picks to good use :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 30, 2012, 07:33:36 PM
 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 30, 2012, 08:33:23 PM
Perhaps this season is a subtle plan to get good draft picks.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 30, 2012, 08:53:22 PM
They even managed to blow that then - likely to be outside of the top 10...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 30, 2012, 09:01:55 PM
Retweeted by Nat Coombs on Twitter:

Quote
I created a football team from a stack of pancakes the leg lamp from Xmas Story and a plant. Better than Jets


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 30, 2012, 09:03:43 PM
Meanwhile, I'm very happy with some of the scores coming in...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 30, 2012, 09:53:54 PM
Well, the Texans lost, which is good.

Pats are winning by 7 so far.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 30, 2012, 09:56:27 PM
Well the Giants won, but so did the Bears. That means (according to Mike's reasoning and he' the only one who seems to know) that the Giants are out of the playoffs. Now we can crawl away and prepare for next season, but at least with a winning record this time.



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 30, 2012, 10:04:35 PM
Eli Manning only completed 13 of 21 attempts, but still threw for 5 TDs. It was against the Eagles though.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 30, 2012, 10:18:34 PM
The commentators on the TV said that they needed a few results to go their way - including Chicago losing.

Meanwhile elsewhere, the Pats get another touchdown - this time on a 4th down.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 30, 2012, 10:30:52 PM
Miami drive the ball to the Pats 24 - and miss the field goal.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 30, 2012, 10:40:42 PM
Gostowski's been more than guilty of that this season, though. At critical moments, too.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 30, 2012, 10:41:02 PM
Andy Reid is gone!

Quote
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid learned from owner Jeffrey Lurie on Friday that he would coach his final game with the Eagles on Sunday against the New York Giants, according to two sources. The Eagles are expected to formally announce Reid's firing Monday.

The Eagles' season ended in a 42-7 loss to the Giants.

Reid has been the subject of firing rumors for weeks after the Eagles (4-12) were eliminated from playoff contention for the second consecutive season. Under Reid, the Eagles made the playoffs nine times and advanced to the NFC Championship game five times. They played in the Super Bowl once, losing to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2004.

Reid, 54, posted a 140-102-1 career record with the Eagles and is a three-time NFL Coach of the Year.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 30, 2012, 10:41:29 PM
It was 4th and goal for the 1 yard touchdown...

Sounds like the Dolphins are a mess today, though.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 30, 2012, 10:43:09 PM
Well the Giants won, but so did the Bears. That means (according to Mike's reasoning and he' the only one who seems to know) that the Giants are out of the playoffs. Now we can crawl away and prepare for next season, but at least with a winning record this time.

I think that Bears win gave them the playoff favour over the Giants, but I think a Packers win will clinch it. Which is why the Bears Twitter feed is now updating me on that game and some players are openly rooting for the Green Bay lot.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 30, 2012, 10:49:55 PM
And the Pats get another 7.  Let's see if the Dolphins can get anything in a minute with just one timeout.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 30, 2012, 10:51:44 PM
49ers 7 - 6 Cardinals at half time.

After a few drives that went nowhere Kaepernick aired it out to Crabtree and scored on two plays.

Akers has missed two field goals one of 44 and one of 40,  I think they need a new kicker for the playoffs ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 30, 2012, 10:53:58 PM
I can't see Brady coming out for the second half.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 30, 2012, 10:54:48 PM
Candlestick Park is a tough place for kickers - especially when the tide is in.

And the IfOnlies didn't score, so it's 21-0 at half time.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 30, 2012, 11:13:40 PM
Two sacks in a row for Tannehill. Four in total now for this match?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 30, 2012, 11:16:11 PM
Jake Long is out injured, so the O-line will be weakened - would also explain why there is no running game today.  Of course, the Dolphins will be having to go to pass now anyway.  And it sounds like Tannehill is coming off.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 30, 2012, 11:18:32 PM
And when they sack Brady, they get a penalty.  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 30, 2012, 11:19:33 PM
Yeah, the updates on facebook are getting ever more depressing...

"The Phinsider: The SB Nation Miami Dolphins Blog
‎#Dolphins actually force Tom Brady to "scramble" back to line of scrimmage - and they hold on the play to give the #Patriots 10 yards anyway"


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 30, 2012, 11:29:41 PM
Miami drive the ball inside the Pats' 10 - and fumble - recovered by NE.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 30, 2012, 11:31:04 PM
Down to Bush, but Tannehill gets the fumble against his name.

All our RBs have had fumble problems in the red zone this season.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 30, 2012, 11:34:00 PM
Nice to see that Tannehill can drive us down the field, though - need to get him some decent weapons in the draft.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 30, 2012, 11:36:18 PM
The one thing I've seen from the Dolphins in this game is that they can get up the field with some efficiency. They just then let it turn to sh*t.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 30, 2012, 11:37:18 PM
They have no real red zone weapons, and a few key injuries.

"The Phinsider: The SB Nation Miami Dolphins Blog
Confusing play. Wes Welker appears to catch ball, then Chris Clemons takes ball off Welker's butt, runs it back for TD - but ball hit ground"


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 30, 2012, 11:45:05 PM
Russell Wilson throws his 26TD of the season and ties Peyton Manning's record for rookies.



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 30, 2012, 11:46:59 PM
Dolphins TE being evaluated for concussion.

I think Wilson should be getting a lot more serious consideration for rookie of the year.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 30, 2012, 11:48:13 PM
He's impressed me far more than Luck has, but maybe that was down to quieter hype surrounding him before the season started. I am glad my underdog team finally have a chance of making good, though.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 30, 2012, 11:48:32 PM
Tom Brady has up to #8 on the all time pass completion count.  


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 12:02:59 AM
With the score now 27-6 to the 49ers and with less than 6mins to go in the 4th Alex Smith is in at QB


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 31, 2012, 12:04:09 AM
Brady to Gronk = touchdown. I've missed that in recent weeks.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 31, 2012, 12:05:13 AM
I like a bit of nostalgia.  Brady-Gronk.  Alex Smith at QB.

That'll do I think.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 31, 2012, 12:05:53 AM
With the score now 27-6 to the 49ers and with less than 6mins to go in the 4th Alex Smith is in at QB
Yeah...gotta wonder why Brady is still playing at 21-0 in the 4th  ::)  Wonder if they'll pull him now it's 28-0.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 31, 2012, 12:08:37 AM
I like a bit of nostalgia.  Brady-Gronk.  Alex Smith at QB.

That'll do I think.

 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 31, 2012, 12:11:24 AM
Tannehill sacked twice in a row. Again. Do you think they'll be looking for a replacement defence come the draft?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 12:14:14 AM
49ers went three and out on Smith's first drive and Arizona went right down the field and scored 27-13 now


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 12:21:03 AM
That was the final score.

Rams and Seahawks tied at 13-13 at the moment with 4mins left.  Vikings leading the Packers 34-27


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 31, 2012, 12:26:04 AM
All credit to the Vikings on that score. They've been leading the whole game, despite the Packers constantly catching up, but then falling away. If they can continue to hold them off, it will be a worthy victory indeed.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 31, 2012, 12:27:42 AM
"Patriots squish the fish" they are saying. They've got the wrong species, but it's makes me giggle.  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 12:28:13 AM
Packers just drove down field and scored 34-34 2:54 left for the Viking to respond


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 12:31:15 AM
Seattle score through a 4yard Lynch run 1:45 left


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 12:33:14 AM
Correction replay showed the ball didn't break the goal line


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 31, 2012, 12:33:51 AM
My friend Sam and I call him Slippery Lynch.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 12:33:59 AM
So Russell Wilson runs it in himself this score will stand


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 31, 2012, 12:42:42 AM
Looks like San Fran also have stake in this Vikings / Packers match:

Quote
Niners locker room explodes when Ponder completed that pass


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 12:43:56 AM
Peterson just ran for 26yards giving the Vickings first and goal on the three timeout with 3 seconds left.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 31, 2012, 12:44:18 AM
Seattle intercepts!


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 12:44:45 AM
Yeah just saw that they can run out the clock now with on 33 seconds left


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 12:45:26 AM
Vikings win


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 31, 2012, 12:46:30 AM
Vikings and Seahawks both win. Patriots shut out the Dolphins. Texans, Ravens, Falcons all lose. This has been a good day for football, I think!  8)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 12:49:37 AM
Vikings and Seahawks clinch wild card spots meaning Redskins v Cowboys is winner takes the division and the playoff spot.

Vikings beating Packers also gave the 49ers the 2nd seed and a first round bye ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 12:53:13 AM
Playoffs:

AFC:
Denver 1st seed and New England 2nd seed

Bengals @ Texans

Colts @ Ravens


NFC:
Falcons 1st seed and 49ers 2nd seed

Vikings @ Packers

Seahawks @ winner of Redskins v Cowboys


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 31, 2012, 01:18:28 AM
Tannehill sacked twice in a row. Again. Do you think they'll be looking for a replacement defence come the draft?
Do you mean O-line ?  Depends if they resign Jake Long.  It will be interesting to see where the sacks came from.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 01:53:52 AM
Romo in December coming into the game 10 TD's 1 INT

So far in this game 2 INT in the first quarter  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 03:20:45 AM
Have decided to go to both games at Wembley next year and have just taken advantage of the season ticket offer to save some money over buying them individually


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 31, 2012, 09:56:11 AM
I hope that you enjoy both days, Mike.

Packers and Vikings do it all again next week.

Seahawks/Redskins and Colts/Ravens should be good games.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 31, 2012, 11:06:46 AM
"In a strange set of circumstances in the NFL this season, there is one player who is capable of matching the Miami Dolphins' 1972 Perfect Season. The Denver Broncos' Tridon Holliday made it through the 2012 regular season without losing a single game.

Holliday started the year with the Houston Texans, who won their first five games all with Holliday serving as their kick returner. The Texans waived Holliday after their 5-0 start, and he was claimed by the Broncos, who immediately made him their kick returner. Since Holliday joined the team, the Broncos have no lost a game, going 11-0.

If Denver, who is the number one overall seed in the AFC, makes it through the playoffs and wins the Super Bowl in February, Holliday will complete the perfect season."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 31, 2012, 11:30:16 AM
I wouldn't bet against that. 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 31, 2012, 01:31:24 PM
Someone said the MVP this season should be Manning's surgeon...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 31, 2012, 01:40:15 PM
Or whoever rebuilt Adrian Peterson's legs.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 31, 2012, 01:52:12 PM
The Draft order is coming together...

"Teams with identical records will have their draft position determined by the strength of their schedule from the preceding year. If the teams are still tied, any divisional or conference tie breakers will be used. If the teams still remain tied, a coin toss is used to determine the order. Last season, the Miami Dolphins had to go to a coin toss with the Carolina Panthers to determine who would pick eighth and who would pick ninth in the first round.

Teams rotate picks among all the teams in each round that finished with the same record.

The 2013 NFL Draft order will be:

1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14) .516 SOS
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14) .539
3. Oakland Raiders (4-12) .469
4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12) .508
5. Detroit Lions (4-12) .566
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11) .508
7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11) .559
8. Buffalo Bills (6-10) .480
9. New York Jets (6-10) .512 (4-8 conference record)
10. Tennessee Titans (6-10) .512 (5-7 conference record)
11. San Diego Chargers (7-9) .457
12. Miami Dolphins (7-9) .500
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) .502
14. Carolina Panthers (7-9) .516
15. New Orleans Saints (7-9) .522
16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1) .537
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) .465
18. Dallas Cowboys (8-7) .515
19. New York Giants (9-7) .522
20. Chicago Bears (10-6) .514

Picks 21-32 will be determined by the order of playoff elimination.

21. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) (9-6) .496
22. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) .518
23. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) .437
24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) .441
25. Seattle Seahawks (11-5) .506
26. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) .496
27. Green Bay Packers (11-5) .508
28. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1) .504
29. Houston Texans (12-4) .496
30. New England Patriots (12-4) .496
31. Denver Broncos (13-3) .457
32. Atlanta Falcons (13-3) .421 "


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 31, 2012, 01:54:59 PM
I reckon at least 4 out of the top 10 teams will be looking for a QB...but the 2013 QB class is poor  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 02:22:41 PM
Jets fire GM Mike Tannenbaun and are keeping Wrecks :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 02:25:27 PM
Browns general manager Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmur have been fired

Chiefs fire Romeo Crennel, not Scott Pioli.

Jaguars fire GM Gene Smith.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 31, 2012, 02:37:39 PM
Pioli survives because of his relationship with the owner.

Waiting to see what happens in Buffalo and Oakland...should make the top of the draft very interesting, and could leave a great player hanging around at 12.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 03:06:08 PM
Official now Andy Reid fired by the Eagles


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 31, 2012, 03:35:40 PM
Would it be quicker to list the coaches not fired?  So far it's just Wrecks...

Which teams will Alex Smith and Michael Vick pitch up with next year?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 04:03:31 PM
The Cowboys are 1-6 in elimination games with Tony Romo at QB


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 31, 2012, 04:13:02 PM
The Cowboys' owner should sack their GM.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 04:19:46 PM
The Cowboys' owner should sack their GM.

Yes he should


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 04:21:18 PM
Watching the Texans@Colts game.

They put together a video to welcome back Chuck Pogano, great to see the ovation he got from the whole stadium including all the Texans players and staff


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 04:26:06 PM
and the Bills fire Chan Gailey.

That's 5 head coaches and 3 GM's with more to come


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 04:38:00 PM
Lovie Smith is fired by the Bears


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 31, 2012, 04:56:49 PM
These coaches are dropping like Steelers injuries.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 31, 2012, 05:38:48 PM
The Bears need someone who can get the best out of Cutler on a consistent basis - not sure sacking Lovie Smith is all the answer.

The Bills are just a mess.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 07:02:22 PM
Cardinals fire Ken Whisenhunt and GM Rod Graves


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 31, 2012, 07:42:16 PM
The Chargers have sent Norv down, too.

They're dropping like Mark Sanchez!


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 31, 2012, 07:49:45 PM
So if my counting is correct, that's 25% of teams looking for a new head coach already.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 31, 2012, 07:56:30 PM
Black Monday indeed.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 31, 2012, 08:05:35 PM
I sent a tweet in the direction of Nat Coombs and Mike Carlson just saying thanks for the coverage and shows this season. I got a direct message from Nat saying thanks!  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 31, 2012, 08:16:32 PM
NFL UK aren't listing any highlights packages for the playoffs, so I just assume I wait until the Superbowl to see any more NFL.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 08:19:54 PM
NFL UK aren't listing any highlights packages for the playoffs, so I just assume I wait until the Superbowl to see any more NFL.


Highlights on BBC2 presented by Matt Roberts normally their MotoGP presenter and a nice bloke who I've met quite a few times in the MotoGP paddock.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pttyw


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 31, 2012, 09:02:29 PM
I have SkySports.   :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on December 31, 2012, 09:29:56 PM
I suppose I have the Internet...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2012, 09:45:22 PM
I suppose I have the Internet...

Works for me, I have the packers v Vikings game to watch and the 49ers game is downloading as I type


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 31, 2012, 10:12:33 PM
NFL UK aren't listing any highlights packages for the playoffs, so I just assume I wait until the Superbowl to see any more NFL.


Highlights on BBC2 presented by Matt Roberts normally their MotoGP presenter and a nice bloke who I've met quite a few times in the MotoGP paddock.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pttyw

Thanks Mike. I was hoping somebody would put out a highlights programme. There has been one in previous years but it's channel-hopped a bit.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 01, 2013, 07:07:20 PM
Going to record or maybe watch Wisconsin v Stanford in the Rose Bowl tonight on ESPN America.

Never usually watch college football hope it's interesting


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 01, 2013, 07:21:22 PM
You should maybe find out beforehand which of the players is tipped to be a star in this year's draft, then you will know who to bother watching.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 01, 2013, 07:29:29 PM
Sounds like it is going to be mostly a running game from both sides...and not necessarily a very good game.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 01, 2013, 07:46:45 PM
Only player I've heard any mention of this year is Johnny Manziel ( Jonny Football)  of Texas AM their playing in the cotton bowl game later in the week


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 01, 2013, 08:02:41 PM
Mike Ditka calls Bears firing of Lovie Smith "ridiculous"

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000120698/article/mike-ditka-bears-firing-of-lovie-smith-ridiculous


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 01, 2013, 10:39:01 PM
So far Stanford's offense is controlling the game it's 14-0


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 01, 2013, 11:47:38 PM
Stanford 17 — 14 Wisconsin at half time . Wisconsin has looked a bit more balanced in the 2nd quarter. They didn't complete a pass till the 2nd quarter and I think they only attempted one pass in the 1st quarter.



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 01, 2013, 11:47:57 PM
Word on the wire is that Andy Reid might be heading to Arizona...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 02, 2013, 07:45:13 AM
49ers sign Billy Cundiff to compete with David Akers for the kicking job http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8800961/billy-cundiff-signs-san-francisco-49ers-compete-david-akers


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 02, 2013, 07:45:59 AM
So now instead of one struggling kicker they have two :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 02, 2013, 08:46:45 AM
And they haven't yet released a roster spot for the new kicker...and I love the way Jim is so vague about what they are going to do with the kicking position going forward...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 02, 2013, 12:07:14 PM
Let's face it, kickers are real players.

Kicking at Candlestick Park is notiously difficult.  It's very low lying and right next to the bay.  When the tide is in, the ground is soggy.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 02, 2013, 12:42:56 PM
And they haven't yet released a roster spot for the new kicker...and I love the way Jim is so vague about what they are going to do with the kicking position going forward...

Doesn't it say they released a linebacker to make space on the roster?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 02, 2013, 02:07:07 PM
That would have been after I read the story on Yahoo Sports last night then...it all seemed a little strange.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 02, 2013, 04:19:52 PM
Some more of a Jests circus from a fansite - delusion and in-fighting (http://www.ganggreennation.com/2013/1/1/3823970/why-is-rex-ryan-still-the-ny-jets-head-coach)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 02, 2013, 04:45:00 PM
I really have no time for the Newark City Jest anymore, even with all this very public slapstick going on. It was funny, but now it's becoming one of those domestic rows that drunk couples have in their front garden at three a.m. It's embarrassing now. There's almost no dignity left and not even a crumb of respect from the fans, which I something I'd thought they'd be wanting to work on restoring and preserving. Oh well. I wonder how long a 'professional' franchise can survive like this?

And for heaven's sake, they should really drop the 'Gang Green' tag. It's ghastly.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 02, 2013, 04:59:31 PM
Perhaps they're just about to start a new reality TV show to see who the next General Manager/ Head Coach/ Quarterback will be.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 02, 2013, 05:11:26 PM
Breaking News:  Ray Lewis has told the Ravens he's going to retire at the end of the season


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 02, 2013, 05:15:10 PM
Some more of a Jests circus from a fansite - delusion and in-fighting (http://www.ganggreennation.com/2013/1/1/3823970/why-is-rex-ryan-still-the-ny-jets-head-coach)

A reasonably well thought out article.  Mind you, even I had that figured out.  In the end it comes down to getting the right person to run the show in place.  And that person will make sure that the right people are put in place further down the line - including Head Coach.

The quote that got me was:
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Meanwhile, by retaining Rex you retain a head coach and staff that has already had considerable success at this level, albeit not lately.

Surely it's not that long since since they trashed the Cardinals 7-6 at home.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 02, 2013, 05:18:21 PM
I got the feeling the writer was grasping for any reason, good or otherwise, to retain Wrecks...and then found half the site still think he's the Messiah.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 02, 2013, 05:42:45 PM
Watching the Packers @ Vikings game.

Interesting interpretation of a rule that cost Jim Shwartz of Detroit on Thanksgiving.

You may remember Shwarts threw a challenge flag when a play was going to automatically challenged.  So they didn't revue the play and the Lions were penalised 15yards.

Now in this game Mike McCarthy does exactly the same thing and despite Jordy Nelson picking the flag up and trying to hide it the refs saw it but in this case the referee stated that because the play was already under review the play would be reviewed and the penalty for McCarthy throwing the flag when he didn't need to would be enforced after the review.

So how was this different to the Jim Shwartz case as surely as turnovers and scoring plays are automatically reviewed the play is under review as soon as it ends so why was the rule applied differently?

And this was a huge play as the ruling on the field was a fumble by the Packers recovered in the end zone by the Vikings but as the play was reviewed it was ruled the player was down and the ball crossed the goaline before he was down so it went from being Vikings ball on the 35 (20 yard line for the touchback+ 15 for the penalty for throwing the flag) to being a Green Bay touchdown with the 15yards penalty enforced on the kickoff.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 02, 2013, 06:48:05 PM
The whole business of penalties for throwing a red flag when the play is being reviewed is stupid.



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 02, 2013, 07:06:23 PM
Agreed it's not like it's slowing the game down as how long does it take to say the play is being reviewed you didn't need to throw the flag.

I did hear an explanation of why it's a penalty but I can't remember what it is right now


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 02, 2013, 07:44:00 PM
Breaking News:  Ray Lewis has told the Ravens he's going to retire at the end of the season

Again.

I bet a lot of people are going to miss seeing Ray Lewis shaped holes in people's offensive lines... but then again, maybe not. *phew*  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 02, 2013, 08:26:12 PM
Andy Reid will interview with the Chiefs on Wednesday before flying to Arizona to interview with the Cardinals


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 03, 2013, 12:21:41 PM
From Thursday, January 10 at 10am tickets for the individual 2013 Wembley games will go on sale, priced from £35.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 03, 2013, 01:19:08 PM
Aha! Thanks for letting us know, Mike.  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 03, 2013, 01:23:20 PM
No problem although I think £35 may refer to U16 price but I could be wrong


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 03, 2013, 05:42:54 PM
Individual ticket prices:

Lower sideline £100
Upper Sideline (rows 1-20) £70
Lower End Zone £65
Upper sideline (rows 20+) £45
Upper End Zone £35

Under 16's £17.50


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 03, 2013, 09:00:13 PM
BBC Radio 5 Live Extra are broadcasting the Redskins / Seahawks game on Sunday at 21:00 and the Patriots playoff game the following Sunday.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 03, 2013, 10:50:27 PM
I'm downloading a film from YouTube about the infamous 1967 Ice Bowl game at Green Bay against Dallas. I'm also watching the story of that '67 Packers team. Yay, history.

...And the file failed to convert. Bastard.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 04, 2013, 06:57:50 AM
I'm downloading a film from YouTube about the infamous 1967 Ice Bowl game at Green Bay against Dallas. I'm also watching the story of that '67 Packers team. Yay, history.

...And the file failed to convert. Bastard.

What file type is it and what are you trying to convert it too?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 04, 2013, 01:55:15 PM
Who are your picks for Wildcard weekend:

Bengals@Texans - Texans are on a slide and I reckon the Bengals might just sneek this one.

Vikings@Packers - Vikings have two wins already over the packers this season but at home in the playoffs Rogers is going to be tough to beat.

Colts@Ravens - Ravens at home and will want to finish on a high for Ray Lewis but the Colts are on a roll and I think Andrew Luck will do enough to keep them in this game and sneak it at the end.

Seahawks@Redskins - Both teams have momentum but I think home field, RGIII and Alfred Morris sees the Redskins win.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 04, 2013, 03:38:40 PM
 @SportsCenter: BREAKING: Chiefs agree to "part ways" wtih GM Scott Pioli.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on January 04, 2013, 04:39:50 PM
Bengals win.
Packers win.
I've got a sneaky suspicion that the Ravens may be just too much for Andrew Luck, but they'll have to win ugly.
I think the Redskins could be the winner in the last game, but this is the one I would like to watch. The ball control of both QBs is stunning, but it would help if RGIII is fitter than he was last week.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 04, 2013, 05:15:30 PM
Texans/ Colts to win - and loose the following week.

Packers/ Skins to win - and loose the following week.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 04, 2013, 06:29:31 PM
NFL communications officiating video from this past weekend:  http://nflcommunications.com/2013/01/04/officiating-video-for-media-9/

A look at some of the calls officials had to make over the weekend and starts with the coaches challenge in the Packers game


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 04, 2013, 11:54:54 PM
Texans, Packers, Ravens and Redskins for me.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 05, 2013, 01:36:06 AM
Andy Reid is off to Kansas City.

Meanwhile, Bengals, Packers, Colts and Seahawks for me.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 05, 2013, 10:30:46 AM
Interesting article by Skip Bayliss on ESPN on why the Colts were wrong to cut Manning and draft Luck:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8813105/2013-nfl-playoffs-jim-irsay-big-gambles-indianapolis-colts


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 05, 2013, 10:56:01 AM
Only player I've heard any mention of this year is Johnny Manziel ( Jonny Football)  of Texas AM their playing in the cotton bowl game later in the week

Texas A&M won the cotton bowl with a 41-13 win of Oklahoma.

Johnny Manziel threw for 271yds 2TD 1INT and rushed for 229yds 2TD on 17 carries. Manziel is the first freshman to win the Heisman trophy.

Highlights here http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=330040201


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 05, 2013, 09:30:14 PM
Looking more likely that Joe Webb will start at QB for the Vikings v Packers:

http://nfl.si.com/2013/01/05/looking-more-likely-that-joe-webb-starts-for-minnesota-in-green-bay/

I notice we all picked the Packers anyway  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 05, 2013, 10:36:04 PM
Wrecks refuses to allow you to focus on the playoff teams...

"Yep, this is where we are now: New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has been spotted in the Bahamas sporting a tattoo of his wife wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey.

No, really. We're not making this up. A New York Daily News reporter spotted Ryan at poolside at the Cove Atlantis resort, and snapped the photo there at right. You can clearly see the tattoo of Ryan's wife Michelle wearing a Sanchez jersey and, well, not much else."

(http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/e5WqNn0OCM8cqpWpjczUTw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NQ--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/sptusnflexperts/d0104rex2.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 05, 2013, 10:37:47 PM
What. The. F*ck.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 05, 2013, 10:47:58 PM
Andy Dalton is so crap.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 05, 2013, 10:51:43 PM
The Bengals' offense doesn't look very good.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 05, 2013, 11:04:39 PM
Andy Dalton is so crap.

I realised that while playing a game on Madden 13 earlier.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on January 05, 2013, 11:06:02 PM
Wrecks refuses to allow you to focus on the playoff teams...

"Yep, this is where we are now: New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has been spotted in the Bahamas sporting a tattoo of his wife wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey.

No, really. We're not making this up. A New York Daily News reporter spotted Ryan at poolside at the Cove Atlantis resort, and snapped the photo there at right. You can clearly see the tattoo of Ryan's wife Michelle wearing a Sanchez jersey and, well, not much else."

(http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/e5WqNn0OCM8cqpWpjczUTw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NQ--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/sptusnflexperts/d0104rex2.jpg)

Tell me that's one of those newspapers from the Men In Black films.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 05, 2013, 11:17:14 PM
This week on The Jets...

Anyway, checked the half time stats - the Bungles' leading receiver has -6 yards.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 05, 2013, 11:19:06 PM
Andy Dalton has 4 completions from 12 attempts for 3 yards...  ::)

If the Texans don't win this one...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 05, 2013, 11:24:49 PM
Here, read the latest QBs on Facebook (http://profootballmock.com/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-crappy-new-year/) while we wait for something to happen.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 05, 2013, 11:30:59 PM
Ponder out Joe Webb will start for the Vikings


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 05, 2013, 11:32:31 PM
Suddenly Dalton throws 2 passes for 52 yards  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 05, 2013, 11:36:28 PM
Bloody hell, has something happened?!


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 05, 2013, 11:37:41 PM
Field Goal. 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 05, 2013, 11:42:28 PM
The Texans should have this game wrapped up by now but only lead by 6 points...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 05, 2013, 11:44:05 PM
And still a whole quarter yet to go...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 06, 2013, 08:28:58 AM
So just Rob and I picked the Texans.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on January 06, 2013, 10:01:43 AM
I just didn't think the Texans had anything left in the tank after their recent displays.
Still looking forward to the Seahawks-Redskins game.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 06, 2013, 11:23:09 AM
I just didn't think the Texans had anything left in the tank after their recent displays.

They still don't look like they've got anything left. The Bengals just had less than they did.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 06, 2013, 12:07:02 PM
Their prize for winning is a trip to play in New England next weekend.  They will loose.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 06, 2013, 12:48:53 PM
I hope so. Unless the Pats do like they did against the 49ers and the Jags and 'forget' how to play the game...  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 06, 2013, 02:02:37 PM
First thing I did when I got up was download the Vikings@Packers avoided looking at anything else.

Just finished watching the game.

Packers did a much better job of containing Peterson restricting him to 99yards. Joe Webb struggled throwing the ball.

So Packers @ 49ers next Saturday (early Sunday morning for us 1am kickoff)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 06, 2013, 02:17:55 PM
I've had an invitation to go and watch today's two games. I was going to work on some ideas, but maybe I should make the most out of this season while it lasts.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 06, 2013, 02:19:34 PM
Go and watch the games !  You can work on ideas another time...

The winner of the Packers/49ers game will win the Superbowl, I reckon.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 06, 2013, 04:24:44 PM
Broncos to beat the 49ers in the Superbowl. 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 06, 2013, 06:14:07 PM
Game on - I am expecting the Ravens defence to shut down Luck enough to allow their offence to win the game for them.

One thing I would say is that it is clear the Colts blew last season to get the number 1 pick - Luck has not been that special this year (he ranks pretty low in a number of QB categories), and that level of play does not in itself take a team from 2 wins up to 11 wins.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 06, 2013, 06:54:20 PM
I've had an invitation to go and watch today's two games. I was going to work on some ideas, but maybe I should make the most out of this season while it lasts.

I changed my mind, Mouse - don't bother watching the first game  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 06, 2013, 06:57:29 PM
I'd say that the Ravens should win this one.  I think that the Broncos and the Patriots are a lot better than all of the other AFC qualifiers.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 06, 2013, 07:11:36 PM
Absolutely agree with that, although I still remain unsure about just how good the Pats actually are...which is why I think the Superbowl will be won by the NFC team.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 06, 2013, 07:32:44 PM
Luck boosts his stats with a 2-minute drill.  He will have to do better than that going forward...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 06, 2013, 07:40:17 PM
Absolutely agree with that, although I still remain unsure about just how good the Pats actually are...which is why I think the Superbowl will be won by the NFC team.
It's Atlanta that I don't know about.  Are they really that good?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 06, 2013, 07:50:39 PM
Absolutely agree with that, although I still remain unsure about just how good the Pats actually are...which is why I think the Superbowl will be won by the NFC team.
It's Atlanta that I don't know about.  Are they really that good?

I don't think so and I think they may well lose to the winner of Washington/Seattle and if they don't they'll lose to the winner of Packers/49ers


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 06, 2013, 10:07:06 PM
Texans, Packers, Ravens and Redskins for me.

I'm looking good so far...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 07, 2013, 07:15:55 AM
I got 2 out of 4.

I'll start the next round by saying that I think that all the home teams will win. 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on January 07, 2013, 07:23:51 AM
I think I got 50% as well.
Disappointed in the Bungles, and I was hoping to see RGIII go a bit further.
Now waiting for tonights highlights program.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 07, 2013, 09:19:44 AM
3 out of 4, and still can't believe the Seahawks won away...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 07, 2013, 10:05:34 AM
I was mightily impressed by the Seahawks. The Skins defense, too, but a shame their offensive game fell apart after the first two drives. Just how good an RB is Lynch?!


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 07, 2013, 10:46:10 AM
Sounds like the Skins offence fell apart because RG III was too injured to continue but their coach was too scared to pull him...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 07, 2013, 12:38:49 PM
I was hoping to avoid the result of the Redskins v Seahawks as I have the game to watch when I get home, but I stupidly read one of my photography blog news feeds and in his round up of his best NFL shots this year he gave away the result by saying he's shooting the Seahawks in Atlanta next week ::)

I still don't know the score so I'll still watch it when I get home :)

So I was 1-3 glad I didn't put money on my picks :D

Here's a link to Scott Kelby's favourite football shots of the season http://scottkelby.com/2013/my-favorite-football-shots-of-the-2012-season/


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 07, 2013, 07:07:53 PM
BCS championship game tonight between  Notre Dame & Alabama.

Going to record it probably won't watch till the weekend.

Currently in the 3rd quarter of the Seahawks@Redskins


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 07, 2013, 08:54:17 PM
BCS championship game tonight between  Notre Dame & Alabama.

Going to record it probably won't watch till the weekend.

Currently in the 3rd quarter of the Seahawks@Redskins

Go Alabama.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 07, 2013, 08:55:29 PM
Sounds like the Skins offence fell apart because RG III was too injured to continue but their coach was too scared to pull him...

I've just watched the game, and I'd say that's a good summary.  They should have pulled him out at half time.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 07, 2013, 09:03:04 PM
Sounds like the Skins offence fell apart because RG III was too injured to continue but their coach was too scared to pull him...

I've just watched the game, and I'd say that's a good summary.  They should have pulled him out at half time.

Yes that first time he went into the room behind the benches they shouldn't have let him play on after that.  They let him continue until he actually hurt himself by going over on his knee


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 07, 2013, 09:28:17 PM
BCS championship game tonight between  Notre Dame & Alabama.

Going to record it probably won't watch till the weekend.

Currently in the 3rd quarter of the Seahawks@Redskins

Go Alabama.

Nick Saban is the devil.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 08, 2013, 12:34:51 AM
Sounds like the Skins offence fell apart because RG III was too injured to continue but their coach was too scared to pull him...

I've just watched the game, and I'd say that's a good summary.  They should have pulled him out at half time.

Yes that first time he went into the room behind the benches they shouldn't have let him play on after that.  They let him continue until he actually hurt himself by going over on his knee

The Seahawks have filed a comlaint with the NFL about the state of the field, which looked like it was turning to dust and made conditions dangerous.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 08, 2013, 08:11:13 AM
RGIII has a suspected partially torn LCL and ACL http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2012/story/_/id/8822363/source-robert-griffin-iii-washington-redskins-partially-torn-lcl


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 08, 2013, 09:24:46 AM
Way to go, rookie and coach  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 08, 2013, 01:32:03 PM
The Jests fire Tony Sparano http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/8824097/new-york-jets-dismiss-offensive-coordinator-tony-sparano


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 08, 2013, 01:40:45 PM
He'll end up as an O-line coach somewhere...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 08, 2013, 01:41:39 PM
He's head coach of my 49ers in my Madden Franchise game :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 08, 2013, 01:51:58 PM
I wonder if he has a tattoo of Rex somewhere upon his person?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 08, 2013, 01:58:50 PM
I hope it's one of Wrecks fist-pumping...

(that would be a Dolfan joke)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 08, 2013, 02:24:23 PM
Here is an interesting article on home field advantage (http://www.thephinsider.com/2013/1/7/3847840/2013-nfl-playoffs-schedule-which-home-team-has-greatest-advantage) this weekend.

I am picking the Broncos, Packers (sorry, Mike), Seahawks and Pats.

I would say I am only confident about the Broncos and the Pats in those picks.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 08, 2013, 02:39:44 PM
No problem James I'm not overly confident of the 49ers chances and I agree with your other picks.

CBS have the rights to the Superbowl this year which means we get Jim Nantz and Phil Simms who are my least favourite of the three pairs that cover the Superbowl :  Michaels and Collingsworth (NBC) ,  Buck and Aikman (FOX) who have it next year


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 08, 2013, 03:39:24 PM
Michaels and Collingsworth (or Mario and Luigi as I call them) are a great commentary team.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 08, 2013, 03:45:33 PM
I am picking the Broncos, Packers (sorry, Mike), Seahawks and Pats.

I would say I am only confident about the Broncos and the Pats in those picks.

I'd agree with those picks, James. Barring any stupid mistakes, I'm confident the Pats can deal easily with the Texans like they did a few weeks ago. As long as they can get a grip on Ray Rice, I reckon the Broncos can see off the Ravens, too.

I'm remaining more open about the other two games, but I do think the Packers might edge it over the 49ers. I hope the Seahawks can pull off a win over the Falcons. I know the Atlanta lot have racked up mostly wins this season, but I don't think many have been good wins and this could be the time when they finally run out of steam.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 08, 2013, 04:13:03 PM
I think the 49ers chances hinge a lot on how fit Justin Smith is and if he can play.

The 49ers don't sub a lot on defence and have only used something like 13 players all year on defence meaning 9 players have played over 90% of the plays on defence, that would have been 10 players if Justin Smith hadn't been injured. So I hope fatigue doesn't become a factor as it did against the patriots when they had to play over 90 plays.  In week 1 the packers had 61 plays against the 49ers that's about a typical amount , 3 times this season the Packers have run over 70 plays on offence.

How much to the 49ers need Justin Smith:
Quote
Smith has been missing the past 10 quarters. In that span, the 49ers have surrendered 86 points and 915 yards on 173 plays. When Smith is on the field, the 49ers have had 33 of their 38 sacks. When he's not on the field, teams average 5.12 yards a play compared with 4.48 with him. Opposing quarterbacks have a 93 quarterback rating with Smith out compared with 73.5 when he's on the field. Smith is that good. His ability to use his strength against blockers frees up linebacker Aldon Smith to loop around him for sacks. Even if he plays with the torn triceps, Justin Smith may have some difficulty.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 08, 2013, 04:16:57 PM
Their offence will be up against Clay Matthews and the Packers defence, too. That's always something to be concerned about.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 08, 2013, 04:17:29 PM
Hey James, what's the word about the Dolphins having a new logo by the time the draft rolls around?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 08, 2013, 04:24:43 PM
Their offence will be up against Clay Matthews and the Packers defence, too. That's always something to be concerned about.

Yes and  they don't give up many yards rushing, only Gore and AP rushed for more than a hundred against the Packers all season (OK AP rushed for around 500 over the 3 games but that's AP).  They did much better last week in preventing AP from getting outside the tackles and that's where Gore got most his yards against them in week 1.

They haven't played many snaps against the read option so hopefully that is something Kaepernick & Gore can exploit.  I hope the 49ers have worked on getting Kaepernick to get Vernon Davies into the game as he hasn't thrown much to #85 at all and without Manningham the Packers will be watching his favourite target Crabtree very closely.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 08, 2013, 04:30:02 PM
So is Alex Smith now out of the question entirely? What's the situation there?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 08, 2013, 04:36:38 PM
Only likely to see Smith if Kaepernick is having a real mare or gets injured,  I think it's safe to say Smith is the backup.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 08, 2013, 04:42:19 PM
Hey James, what's the word about the Dolphins having a new logo by the time the draft rolls around?
It's what the owner said yesterday...there has been a 'leaked' logo doing the rounds but no-one knows if it is legit or not.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 08, 2013, 04:49:16 PM
This is the alleged new logo

(http://media.miamiherald.com/smedia/2012/12/26/15/45/1etd7o.Em.56.jpeg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 08, 2013, 05:09:50 PM
I quite like it. My friend Sam said that all the kit designs and logos could've been updated when Nike took over at the beginning of the season. It would be nice to see some changes.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 08, 2013, 05:13:56 PM
Many fans want the tail to remain pointing down so it looks like the dolphin is leaping, rather than floating...and I would not be surprised if the logo had been leaked to obtain feedback like that.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 08, 2013, 05:16:40 PM
At least it's the right way up. 

I like the Jet's new uniform.

(http://i.istockimg.com/file_thumbview_approve/13625587/2/stock-illustration-13625587-court-jester.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on January 08, 2013, 05:24:11 PM
heh


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 08, 2013, 08:24:57 PM
 ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 08, 2013, 11:47:04 PM
The Onion: "Mike Shanahan clears RGIII to help carry furniture down some icy steps." (http://www.theonion.com/articles/rgiii-to-have-more-tests-done-on-thing-that-used-t,30825/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=standard-post:headline:default)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 09, 2013, 07:15:56 AM
Ryan Gets The Heave-Ho

Quote
Jerry Jones promised changes were coming. The Dallas Cowboys owner said the weeks and months ahead at Valley Ranch would be very uncomfortable following another 8-8 failure.

Rob Ryan learned Tuesday he was one of those changes, fired as defensive coordinator after two seasons in a move first reported by Fox Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer and later confirmed by the Cowboys.

Ryan told The Dallas Morning News that he learned of his fate while on vacation in Turks & Caicos. Coach Jason Garrett called Ryan on his cell phone with the news.

"They want uncomfortable," Ryan said. "I'm comfortably numb."



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 09, 2013, 03:32:26 PM
My friend has very kindly given me his sky go username & password so I can watch the weekends playoff games live  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 09, 2013, 04:59:28 PM
I'll be heading back to my friend's brother's house for the playoff weekend. God bless him for going on holiday at this time of year and entrusting my friend with a key.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 09, 2013, 05:01:21 PM
I might wander downstairs and watch it on my TV.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 09, 2013, 05:05:35 PM
I'll probably follow them on Yahoo Sports.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 09, 2013, 08:39:43 PM
Prepare to cack your pants in shock - the Jest are still talking themselves up (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000124079/article/rex-ryan-new-york-jets-still-talking-the-talk-after-610-season?campaign=Twitter_writers_jones).


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 09, 2013, 08:40:55 PM
Surely from where they are, it is difficult to go down...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 09, 2013, 08:57:32 PM
"We're going to be the team that you don't want to play,"

Very true  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 09, 2013, 09:13:45 PM
Interesting article in worship of Aaron Rodgers (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--niners-should-throw-out-their-regular-season-blueprint-against-packers-qb-aaron-rodgers-193008606.html)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 09, 2013, 10:21:47 PM
"We're going to be the team that you don't want to play,"

Very true  ;D

I did laugh at that.  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 09, 2013, 10:27:46 PM
Having taken and sacked one former coach as they OC, the Jests are in for another - Cam Cameron...who was so good the Ravens sacked him while they were winning...

And the Bills are after discarded Jests coaches...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 10, 2013, 07:17:41 AM
I got the feeling that Mr Cameron got fired for non-footballing issues.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on January 10, 2013, 07:27:11 AM
Most do - normally for falling out with the owner or GM.
Nothing to do with having a crap team at all.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 10, 2013, 11:36:47 AM
I got the feeling that Mr Cameron got fired for non-footballing issues.

I was thinking of a different Cameron and got all hopeful.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 11, 2013, 07:59:01 AM
Cleveland Browns hire Panthers offensive coordinator as new head coach

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8833956/cleveland-browns-hire-rob-chudzinski-head-coach


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 11, 2013, 08:49:26 AM
...because the Panthers offence worked so well this season...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Robert on January 11, 2013, 08:49:58 AM
I bet it wasn't REALLY offensive...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 11, 2013, 08:55:55 AM
Also the Jaguars fire head coach Mike Mularkey

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8831771/mike-mularkey-jacksonville-jaguars-fired-2-14-season


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 11, 2013, 09:14:06 AM
The Jags are a mess...they could well go for a big name coach just to put bums on seats...which is also why they have an interest in Tebow...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 11, 2013, 09:30:30 AM
Although now I read the Jags no longer have an interest in Tebow.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 11, 2013, 09:32:10 AM
Although now I read the Jags no longer have an interest in Tebow.

if the Jags don't want him which team in their right mind is going to take Tebow  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 11, 2013, 09:42:48 AM
There was a huge suggestion from the writer of the article that he needs to change from being a QB  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 11, 2013, 10:51:33 AM
I bet it wasn't REALLY offensive...

Hello, Robert. Enjoy your short stay in this thread.  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 11, 2013, 11:55:30 AM
Mike Carlson picks the Broncos, 49ers , Patriots and Seahawks.  He was 4-0 picking last weeks games:

http://www.nfluk.com/opinions/articles/friday-morning-tight-end-divisional-weekend


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 11, 2013, 12:07:12 PM
I haven't seen anyone not picking the Broncos and the Pats.

The NFC is much more interesting.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 11, 2013, 12:23:20 PM
Absolutely - the Packers/49ers game could be a great game which goes right down to the wire...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 12, 2013, 11:10:54 AM
That is going to be a great game indeed. Looking forward to this weekend's action!


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 12, 2013, 09:22:45 PM
So here we go then.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 12, 2013, 09:31:40 PM
All set up laptop connected to TV and got a great quality picture. Sitting here with a cold beer ready for football :-)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 12, 2013, 09:42:38 PM
Poor special teams play by the Ravens


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 12, 2013, 09:55:10 PM
Three touchdowns already.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 12, 2013, 10:01:45 PM
Great start to this game


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 12, 2013, 10:14:44 PM
4 touchdowns in the first 10mins!


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 12, 2013, 10:26:39 PM
You're supposed to block the other team's players.   ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 12, 2013, 11:24:40 PM
That didn't take long.  Note to Raven's special teams - TACKLE.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 12, 2013, 11:30:37 PM
Madness !


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 13, 2013, 01:11:12 AM
Terrible defense from the Broncos secondary, one rule in that situation "don't get beat deep" and they blew it


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 13, 2013, 03:26:38 AM
So, Denver decides to play it odd and lose. Fun match with awful referees.

Halfway into the second match and Green Bay are taking a beating, but they're not going down easily.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 13, 2013, 08:06:27 AM
I think both games sum up the season...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on January 13, 2013, 12:14:36 PM
I've only seen the scores, but for the neutral the highlights should be interesting.
The purists have probably given up trying to work out this season.



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 13, 2013, 12:51:58 PM
So, Denver decides to play it odd and lose. Fun match with awful referees.

Halfway into the second match and Green Bay are taking a beating, but they're not going down easily.
It wasn't close in the end.  Colin Kaepernick run all over them, setting the record for number of yards run by a QB.

They were two really good games - I was too tired to watch the overtime in the Broncos/Ravens game. 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 13, 2013, 01:19:52 PM
I can't believe the Packers didn't adjust their defence, time and again they went to man coverage and didn't account for Kaepernick who had 70+yards when scrambling and 90+yards on designed read option plays  ;D

I went to bed at around 4:50am but it was worth staying up for :)

Glad the games are a bit earlier tonight will see how long I last in the Patriots v Texans game maybe Brady will have that one wrapped up by half time :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 13, 2013, 01:40:49 PM
I hope so.

But yes, I was surprised at how Kaepernicus managed to continually outwit the Packers' D by running away. It was a well deserved win, Green Bay just couldn't adjust.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 13, 2013, 03:06:02 PM
Whoever plays the 49ers next needs to have a different plan.  They need to prevent KC from running with the ball and make him throw it.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 13, 2013, 04:28:06 PM
Whoever plays the 49ers next needs to have a different plan.  They need to prevent KC from running with the ball and make him throw it.

The Seahawks did that in the game in Seattle but if the hawks win the game will be at Candlestick where the 49ers are 13-3 in playoff games.

I'm not who I want to win a home game would be good but the Seahawks spanked them in that last game


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 13, 2013, 06:04:29 PM
Well, here we go - we'll soon know who the 49ers will play next week.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 13, 2013, 07:22:58 PM
Looking good for the Falcons


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 13, 2013, 07:32:05 PM
The Seahawks can;t get any worse, surely.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 13, 2013, 07:44:01 PM
Hope not or this is going to be a long boring 2nd half


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 13, 2013, 08:59:49 PM
Now Atlanta don't want to win.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 13, 2013, 09:01:15 PM
They drew the play up just like that.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 13, 2013, 09:16:30 PM
What a game, so the 49ers head to Atlanta next Sunday at 7pm our time


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 13, 2013, 09:28:08 PM
What a 4th quarter.  In retrospect, the Seahawks could have won that if they had kicked the field goal rather than go for it in the first half, or had kicked the field goal at the end of the first half. 

The real problem was that Atlanta switched off after the third quarter.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 13, 2013, 10:14:52 PM
So that's me 0 from 3 so far...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 14, 2013, 07:48:58 AM
I got 3 from 4 - which gives me 5 from 8 in total.  And my prediction from the Superbowl is out.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 14, 2013, 08:14:41 AM
2 from 4 this weekend.

So 49ers@Atlanta 8pm KO

     Ravens @ Patriots  11:30pm KO

Both games next Sunday night, think I'll book Monday off  :)

Games are so tough to pick this season for what it's worth I'm going for a 49er v Patriots superbowl if I'm only half right I hope it's  the 49ers half  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 14, 2013, 08:32:24 AM
1 from 4...and now going with 49ers -v- Patriots Superbowl, with the 49ers to win.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 14, 2013, 09:59:05 AM
I'm going Pats & 49ers to win next weekend.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 14, 2013, 03:50:08 PM
Gronk has a broken arm is out for rest of playoffs http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/8841038/2013-nfl-playoffs-rob-gronkowski-new-england-patriots-miss-rest-postseason-due-broken-arm-sources


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 14, 2013, 04:07:24 PM
How many times do you have to say the word 'break' before it sounds like you are taking the p155  ;)

""It's always a tough break," Patriots guard Logan Mankins said. "Everyone on the team loves Rob. Loves him as a person, player. It's a tough break for him, and it's always a tough break for our team, but whoever gets put in that spot, they have to do that job. We're all counting on him.""


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 14, 2013, 06:08:17 PM
Gronk has a broken arm is out for rest of playoffs http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/8841038/2013-nfl-playoffs-rob-gronkowski-new-england-patriots-miss-rest-postseason-due-broken-arm-sources
If that link gets any longer, we'll be able to read the whole story without going to the website.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 14, 2013, 09:44:09 PM
How many times do you have to say the word 'break' before it sounds like you are taking the p155  ;)

""It's always a tough break," Patriots guard Logan Mankins said. "Everyone on the team loves Rob. Loves him as a person, player. It's a tough break for him, and it's always a tough break for our team, but whoever gets put in that spot, they have to do that job. We're all counting on him.""

Heh.

But seriously, it's quite a loss for the Pats. But it's not a complete disaster, as they've proven throughout the season, they've got backup plans and other weapons in their arsenal should either of the Boston TE Party go down.

I hope they can fend off the Ravens (again) next week. No dodgy replacement refs with X-ray vision this time.  ;)  And I reckon the 49ers could flatten the Falcons, who seem to really love continuing their 'only just' wins. SF won't be forgiving of that. Whoever gets to the Super Bowl, if they're up against the 49ers, it will be a very difficult game indeed. I really think that team can go all the way.

However, as this weekend's games have proved, anything can happen. So, we'll have to wait and see.  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 14, 2013, 09:50:49 PM
This guy thinks Brady is so much better than the other QB's left that the Patriots just have to turn up to win the superbowl

http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post/_/id/54043/tom-brady-separates-patriots-in-final-four

 ::)

There is much wrong with that article I don't know where to start


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 15, 2013, 10:26:39 AM
NFL QB's on Facebook - Unleash the Flaccen (http://profootballmock.com/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-divisional-roundup/)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 15, 2013, 10:39:49 AM
 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 15, 2013, 01:43:58 PM
This guy thinks Brady is so much better than the other QB's left that the Patriots just have to turn up to win the superbowl

http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post/_/id/54043/tom-brady-separates-patriots-in-final-four

 ::)

There is much wrong with that article I don't know where to start

I couldn't finish reading that - the urge to vom was too great.

Here's an article which considers Sunday's Ravens @ Patriots game much more evenly and with, you know, some proper thought: http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/8845307/2013-nfl-playoffs-new-england-patriots-baltimore-ravens-new-looks-week-3-meeting


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 15, 2013, 01:56:29 PM
Article in the Independent about how the "NFL could teach the Premier League about financial fair play". (http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/james-lawton-nfl-could-teach-the-premier-league-a-great-deal-about-financial-fair-play-8451598.html)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 15, 2013, 03:24:34 PM
Broncos OC Mike McCoy to take Charges head coach job (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8845746/mike-mccoy-take-san-diego-chargers-job)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 15, 2013, 03:28:33 PM
You mean the man who stopped Manning from winning the game  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 15, 2013, 03:32:33 PM
John Fox seems to say that was his call and he'd do it again (http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2012/story/_/id/8844301/2013-nfl-playoffs-john-fox-john-elway-denver-broncos-stand-choice-take-knee-vs-baltimore-ravens)

That decision was strange to say the least you have 31 seconds two time outs and Payton Manning, for me taking a knee wouldn't have been an option ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 15, 2013, 03:44:43 PM
I saw someone say on Twitter (might've been you, Mike) that they reckoned Fox still thought he had Tebow as QB.  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 15, 2013, 03:48:33 PM
Even with Tebow you give him a go...

It would only be if you had Sanchez that you would take a knee.  At every opportunity.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 15, 2013, 04:11:14 PM
I saw someone say on Twitter (might've been you, Mike) that they reckoned Fox still thought he had Tebow as QB.  ::)

I might have RT someone else :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 16, 2013, 01:14:10 AM
Good Lord, this is genius:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zce-QT7MGSE&feature=youtu.be


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on January 16, 2013, 02:01:19 AM
very funny stuff1


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 16, 2013, 08:11:56 AM
That's brilliant  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 16, 2013, 08:12:49 AM
Bears hire Canadian Football league coach Mark Trestman (http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/8848801/chicago-bears-hire-marc-trestman-head-coach)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 16, 2013, 01:35:28 PM
Let's hope it works out for them.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 16, 2013, 06:12:55 PM
Eagles hire Oregon coach Chip Kelly as next Head Coach (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8849699/chip-kelly-bolts-oregon-ducks-coach-philadelphia-eagles)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 16, 2013, 07:18:47 PM
There has been somewhat of a mixed reaction to that news on Twitter...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 16, 2013, 08:19:06 PM
I thought Chip was in demand...

In all seriousness, there is no guarantee which comes with any of these hires - the Dolphins had Nick Saban, and he turned out to be utterly useless, while remaining an unbeatable god in the college game.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 16, 2013, 08:26:39 PM
8 is the count fired so far.  Compared to the job of Chelsea manager, head coaches of NFL teams are in secure employyment


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 17, 2013, 02:57:01 PM
Former Seahawks DC Gus Bradley has accepted the head coaching job with the Jacksonville Jaguars. (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8852625/gus-bradley-agrees-coach-jacksonville-jaguars)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 17, 2013, 03:16:28 PM
Good Lord, this is genius:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zce-QT7MGSE&feature=youtu.be

Love it!  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 17, 2013, 03:25:41 PM
I think we all want cake now.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 17, 2013, 06:59:13 PM
"I made chicken rolls!"


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 17, 2013, 10:05:19 PM
The Jests are very likely going to draft a player called Barkevious Mingo.

 ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 17, 2013, 11:13:14 PM
"Stop doin' heroin!"

Sound advice.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 17, 2013, 11:27:52 PM
Michael Bublé's  Russian Unicorn  (http://youtube.com/watch?v=YjaZNYSt7o0&feature=relmfu) is pretty special...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 17, 2013, 11:39:04 PM
Russian Unicorn - are we talking about international NFL now...?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 18, 2013, 12:45:30 AM
This story has been talked about a fair bit online (http://deadspin.com/5976517/manti-teos-dead-girlfriend-the-most-heartbreaking-and-inspirational-story-of-the-college-football-season-is-a-hoax?popular=true), so it's about time it was posted here. I have one word for it: bizarre.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 18, 2013, 07:08:57 AM
Yes I read the deadspin article the other night, bizarre doesn't do it justice.

I don't think his and Notre Dame's story of it being a hoax is going to hold for much longer


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 18, 2013, 07:11:56 AM
Cardinals hire Colts OC Bruce Arians as new Head Coach (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8855315/arizona-cardinals-hire-bruce-arians-new-head-coach)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 18, 2013, 09:18:06 AM
This story has been talked about a fair bit online (http://deadspin.com/5976517/manti-teos-dead-girlfriend-the-most-heartbreaking-and-inspirational-story-of-the-college-football-season-is-a-hoax?popular=true), so it's about time it was posted here. I have one word for it: bizarre.
He may well have cost himself a high pick in the draft...which means $$$

Does not sound like his father has done him any favours either.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 18, 2013, 09:30:10 AM
Mock drafts so far have had him as a top 10 pic most have him going around no8


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 18, 2013, 09:31:33 AM
He was Mr Invisible in the BCS championship game all though Notre Dame's defence as a whole was terrible and let Alabama run all over them


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 18, 2013, 09:35:36 AM
They appear to now be trying to use this to explain why he played so badly in that game.  Regardless, the last thing a GM wants is a high pick bust based on personality flaws.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Robert on January 18, 2013, 12:01:40 PM
This story has been talked about a fair bit online (http://deadspin.com/5976517/manti-teos-dead-girlfriend-the-most-heartbreaking-and-inspirational-story-of-the-college-football-season-is-a-hoax?popular=true), so it's about time it was posted here. I have one word for it: bizarre.

Donald Trump congratulated the blokes who broke the story and they told him to go **** himself :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 18, 2013, 04:03:35 PM
 ;D

"Boston mayor Thomas Menino, who has a dubious history of blunders and mispronunciations when talking about the city's sports teams, added a couple more bloopers to his reel Wednesday.

Menino, who was on speakerphone with Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake in front of reporters to discuss Sunday's AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens, stumbled on a couple of names of prominent Patriots players.

"We have Tom Brady here, we have Tom Brady here, we have Tom Brady here. He's been our point person all season long," Menino said. "And Stevan Ridley, he's been another great guy. And Wilcock."  Menino, who was holding notes during the conversation, was obviously referring to Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork. Menino also was wearing Wilfork's No. 75 jersey at the time. A reporter quickly corrected his mistake, but it wouldn't be his last.

"We have it all. (Aaron) Hernandez is going to do a great job. He'll step in for Gonk because Gonk's hurt," the mayor said, again while glancing at his notes.  The mayor was referring to "Gronk," the nickname for prolific Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is out for the rest of the postseason with a broken forearm.

Menino had a sense of humor about his mistake, tweeting on Thursday afternoon: "How could we have a championship season in New England without some new #Meninoisms? cc @Wilfork75 @RobGronkowski #PatriotsNation"

Interestingly, this wasn't the first time Menino has stumbled when referencing Gronkowski. When discussing the Patriots' chances in the playoffs against the Broncos last January, Menino talked about Brady's weapons "Grabowski" and "Wes Weckler" (Welker).

A few months later, the mayor stuck his foot in his mouth when discussing the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat.  "There's a lot of heart in this team, let me just tell you," Menino said, before adding, "KJ is great but Hondo is really the inspiration. Hondo drives that team."  KJ, of course, should be KG, Kevin Garnett. And Hondo was Celtics legend John Havlicek's nickname. Menino was referring to Celtics guard Rajon Rondo there.

Menino's most infamous reference came in 2010, when dedicating a statue to Bruins legend Bobby Orr's "ionic" goal to win the 1970 Stanley Cup. In discussing some of the best moments in Boston sports, Menino said it was Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek who "split the uprights" to win the Patriots' first Super Bowl in 2002. He was of course referring to Adam Vinatieri."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 18, 2013, 04:13:41 PM
Given the passion that Bostonians have for their sports teams, he has no chance of being re-elected.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 18, 2013, 04:14:48 PM
 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 18, 2013, 09:33:18 PM
He was Mr Invisible in the BCS championship game...

Appropriate that he had an invisible girlfriend, then.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 18, 2013, 09:33:53 PM
Bill Belichick Builds New Tight End From Mutilated Dog Parts (http://www.theonion.com/articles/bill-belichick-builds-new-tight-end-from-mutilated,30952/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=standard-post:headline:defaultl)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 18, 2013, 09:36:02 PM
None of that is a spoof.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 19, 2013, 10:30:33 AM
Jests have a new GM
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000128141/article/john-idzik-named-next-new-york-jets-gm

and new OC
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000128168/article/new-york-jets-hire-marty-mornhinweg-as-oc


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 19, 2013, 10:36:32 AM
Interesting...Idzik was not a name being linked with them at all up to now.

Mornhinweg could be an absolute disaster  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 19, 2013, 11:07:59 AM
The problem for the Jets is that they are in the same division as the Patriots.  At some time - probably not so far away now - the Pats will be significantly less good (ie. when Ton Brady retires).  The trick for the Jets and the Dolphins is to have the team to be the next dominant force in the division.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 19, 2013, 11:44:19 AM
Interesting...Idzik was not a name being linked with them at all up to now.

Mornhinweg could be an absolute disaster  :D

I read something a few days ago saying Idzik was the clear favourite for the job but that was the first I'd heard his name mentioned


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 19, 2013, 11:45:43 AM
And in just the sort of distraction the 49ers don't need Crabtree is questioned about a sexual assault  (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000128323/article/michael-crabtree-of-49ers-in-sexual-assault-probe)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 19, 2013, 11:48:46 AM
Te'o says he was not involved in hoax (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000128326/article/manti-teo-says-he-was-not-involved-in-girlfriend-hoax)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 19, 2013, 12:30:05 PM
The problem for the Jets is that they are in the same division as the Patriots.  At some time - probably not so far away now - the Pats will be significantly less good (ie. when Ton Brady retires).  The trick for the Jets and the Dolphins is to have the team to be the next dominant force in the division.
I do wonder if it is less dependent on when Brady goes and more dependent on when Belichick does...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 19, 2013, 01:27:27 PM
Perhaps Belichick will plan his retirement to coincide with Brady's.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 19, 2013, 03:27:42 PM
Or maybe he will want to show that he can do it without him...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 20, 2013, 03:30:30 PM
Colts hire Pep Hamilton as OC.  He was OC at Stanford while Luck was there.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 20, 2013, 03:52:51 PM
They'll be wanting the Head Coach next...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 20, 2013, 09:21:38 PM
And the comeback has started.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 20, 2013, 09:59:29 PM
They needed to wake up, first.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 20, 2013, 10:03:38 PM
The Falcons have been here before...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 20, 2013, 10:23:44 PM
Going by Samuel L. Jackson's Twitter feed, he's a Falcons fan. And rather passionate. He just called Ryan's fumble recovery attempt "vaginal".  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 20, 2013, 10:29:52 PM
Does either team want to win this...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 20, 2013, 11:08:53 PM
That was nervy. Down 17, didn't get points off two Atlanta turnovers but to still come away with the win huge.

49ers did well to change the game plan from last week and get Vernon Davis involved.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 20, 2013, 11:09:47 PM
Can't help feeling the Falcons will go away from this feeling that they blew it.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 20, 2013, 11:24:36 PM
Can't help feeling the Falcons will go away from this feeling that they blew it.

like the 49ers last year , might be Atlanta's time next year.

Actually read something earlier about how NFC teams that play the AFC East in the regular season have reached the Superbowl in the last 4 or 5 years. this year the 49ers did next year the Falcons and that division play the AFC East


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 20, 2013, 11:46:28 PM
"The Phinsider: The SB Nation Miami Dolphins Blog

Did Phil Simms just say the wind will effect the "kinky" game?"

 :o


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 20, 2013, 11:59:33 PM
I must have missed that  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 21, 2013, 12:37:59 AM
Talib and Chung down with injuries. That's not good.

Sat next to someone who makes an overly dramatic reaction to everything that happens on the field. That's not good, either.  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 21, 2013, 01:13:42 AM
Watching on my own so nobody gets to see me punching the air and jumping up and down  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 21, 2013, 01:57:24 AM
Wish I was watching on my own. I wouldn't have to hear a constant stream of heavy sighs, grumbles and swearing every time the Ravens make a play...

The Patriots are in a slump right now. They really need to get their momentum back, because Baltimore are unforgiving.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 21, 2013, 02:09:18 AM
All momentum with the Ravens at the moment , Brady not looking like his usual self tonight


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 21, 2013, 02:15:49 AM
I'm amazed Ridley was able to stand up after that hit. But I think NE's day is done. Oh well, that's how it goes. Looking forward to the next season.  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on January 21, 2013, 09:46:12 AM
Not really surprised by the 49ers win, but You always assume the PAts will plan their way through. Now waiting for the highlights programme.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on January 21, 2013, 02:07:28 PM
It seemed like the Ravens wanted it more.  The Pats got overconfident in the second-half, and when Brady didn't go for the first down on on 4th and 4, I expected it was over.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 21, 2013, 04:15:18 PM
Peyton Manning's text to Jim Harbaugh after the divisional games (http://profootballmock.com/peyton-manning-texts-the-49ers-wondering-if-that-contract-offer-still-stands/)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on January 21, 2013, 05:12:38 PM
Peyton Manning's text to Jim Harbaugh after the divisional games (http://profootballmock.com/peyton-manning-texts-the-49ers-wondering-if-that-contract-offer-still-stands/)

Wonderful.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 21, 2013, 05:23:24 PM
"audibalizing"

 ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 21, 2013, 07:21:04 PM
And then there were two... (http://profootballmock.com/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-and-then-there-were-two/)  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 21, 2013, 07:32:34 PM
"How is that relevant ?"

 ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 22, 2013, 06:25:18 PM
Photo gallery of suberbowl rings (http://www.nfl.com/photos/09000d5d82618287/0ap2000000124489)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 22, 2013, 07:18:32 PM
Shiny shiny.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 23, 2013, 11:14:26 AM
Ray Lewis' first NFL Sack (http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2013/01/22/ray-lewis-jim-harbaugh-first-nfl-sack/1856865/) which just happened to be on a certain Colts QB called Jim Harbaugh


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 23, 2013, 01:13:25 PM
I hope he doesn't do that to him again in the Super Bowl. It would be inappropriate, but it would be funny.  ;)

By the way, someone on Twitter coined the term "Harbaughgeddon", which is what I definitely think this match should be called.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 23, 2013, 01:46:26 PM
Not the SuperBaugh (http://www.thephinsider.com/2013/1/22/3904886/super-bowl-2013-what-will-be-the-overplayed-storylines) then...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 23, 2013, 02:16:37 PM
That just sounds like something Sylvester Stallone would say.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 23, 2013, 10:49:58 PM
Went looking for something to post in here to give Mouse something to read and the first thing that caught my eye was:

Frank Gore fined for low socks (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000130227/article/frank-gore-reportedly-fined-by-nfl-for-low-socks)  ???


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 23, 2013, 10:53:08 PM
Oh dear, that's pathetic if true. And the guy who knocked Ridley clean out of consciousness doesn't even get a strong word? Hm.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 24, 2013, 08:51:46 AM
Tom Brady to sign for Chelsea

"A person familiar with the decision says the NFL has fined New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady $10,000 for kicking Baltimore Ravens defender Ed Reed during Sunday's AFC championship game.

The fine was first announced on NFL.com. An official with knowledge of the penalty confirmed it to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because it had not been announced.

On a first-and-goal near the end of the second quarter, Brady was forced out of the pocket to his left. He ran for 3 yards but slid before he could be tackled. In the process, he raised his right leg and kicked Reed in the thigh.

Brady reportedly apologized to Reed in a text message."

In all seriousness, the same level of fine as for short socks...  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 24, 2013, 12:22:45 PM
The Ravens' Pollard called it "bullcrap", which is rich coming from the guy who broke Ridley in that game, snapped Gronk's leg last year and generally behaves like a wrecking ball on the field.  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 24, 2013, 12:42:04 PM
SoundFX video from the Patriots v Texans game with Tom Brady and Glover Quinn mic'd up:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/houston-texans/0ap2000000127457/Sound-FX-Texans-vs-Patriots?continuous=true


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 24, 2013, 01:17:46 PM
Ndamukong Suh to participate in Celebrity Diving TV programme. (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000130440/article/schwartz-ndamukong-suh-will-make-big-splash-on-tv?campaign=Twitter_atl)

I think it's fair to say that no-one expected that.  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 24, 2013, 03:16:38 PM
After the reception splash got over here who expected there to be a US version ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 26, 2013, 11:36:44 AM
Pollard fined for hit on Welker (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000130987/article/bernard-pollard-reportedly-fined-for-hit-on-wes-welker)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 26, 2013, 02:12:23 PM
I'm guessing that his helmet to helmet hit on Ridley was legal because he's a RB and therefore required to play a more physical game?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 27, 2013, 05:54:05 PM
I bet the Jests cannot even spell the word dysfunctional (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/jets-gm-idzik-calls-revis-015026988--nfl.html)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 27, 2013, 06:14:42 PM
I have no idea why people started reporting on the possible Revis trade. Now people are talking about them trading Cromartie, too. Most odd. I really don't think they should be fuelling these particular fires. If the Jest lose those two, then it would seriously cripple their defence, which isn't really wise when they haven't got any offence game going for them.

Meh. To quote big Vince Wilfork, "Take that, Revis!"


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 27, 2013, 06:38:49 PM
Not sure anyone can afford Revis at the price he is reported to be wanting...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 27, 2013, 07:28:05 PM
Coming off knee surgery  teams would be crazy to give him the kind of money he's looking for


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 27, 2013, 07:41:23 PM
Well if the Jest drop him and nobody wants to give him silly money, there's a danger he could miss the next season.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 27, 2013, 08:19:39 PM
The Jests will either resign or trade him...should be interesting.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 27, 2013, 08:54:27 PM
Some places were reporting the Seahawks or 49ers as possible destinations for him and I just don't see either team being interested.

49ers don't have recent history of making big money free agent signings or trades yes a fully fit Revis would be an upgrade at corner but I just don't see it. Of course the Jets could be in the market for a QB and the 49ers will likely want to trade or cut Alex Smith but I don't see a Smith/Revis trade being likely with the Jets reported as being in salary cap trouble Smith's current deal wouldn't help them in that regard.

Seahawks if they signed Revis to a big money contract would in a few years have to give Richard Sherman the same kind of deal so I don't see them being interested.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 28, 2013, 09:56:38 AM
NFC beats the AFC in a blow out Pro Bowl.

Jeff Saturday there to play for the NFC played one snap for the AFC so he could snap the ball to Payton Manning one last time


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 28, 2013, 11:46:02 AM
Willie McGinest  a 3 time superbowl winner with the Pats and a  NFL Networks analyst  will join Mike Carlson and Mark Chapman on the BBC's Superbowl coverage


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 28, 2013, 12:34:07 PM
Now that is good news.  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 28, 2013, 12:59:31 PM
Thought you'd like that  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 28, 2013, 05:00:11 PM
Alex Smith to ask 49ers for his release? (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000131646/article/alex-smith-to-ask-for-release-by-san-francisco-49ers?campaign=Twitter_atl)

A headline that doesn't make it sound at all like a hostage situation.  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 28, 2013, 05:05:09 PM
The draft is not good for QBs so he should be in demand.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 28, 2013, 06:20:25 PM
The article doesn't mention the $1million roster bonus Smith is due early in March.  In all likelihood the 49ers will have to pay that as he's unlikely to be traded before then although they could release him before then but as James said  the QB class in the draft is very slim so there are bound to be teams interested in trading for him


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 28, 2013, 06:56:58 PM
He's probably got too much value to remain as a backup with the 49ers and they could likely get some high draft picks for him.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 28, 2013, 09:09:39 PM
Yeah he won't be a 49ers player next season MARK MY WORDS (http://profootballmock.com/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-mark-my-words/)  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 28, 2013, 09:22:16 PM
 ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 29, 2013, 01:34:33 PM
New Jersey born Joe Flacco not a fan of cold weather Superbowls (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/myers-flacco-fumbles-chance-retarded-comment-article-1.1250026)

Could have chosen is words a little more carefully  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 29, 2013, 01:56:56 PM
Twit.  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 29, 2013, 02:01:32 PM
He's elite, which makes him special  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 29, 2013, 03:08:22 PM
He's elite? I don't remember the universe agreeing to that.  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 29, 2013, 05:56:50 PM
Appearing on ESPN Radio Tuesday morning, Adam Schefter suggested the Jets trade Darrelle Revis for Alex Smith and a second-round pick.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 29, 2013, 06:22:24 PM
I just don't see the 49ers agreeing to pay Revis what he'll want.

See here how this 49ers team where built (http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story/0ap1000000131924/article/san-francisco-49ers-were-titleready-before-jim-harbaugh-joined) they don't tend to make big money free agent and trade deals


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 29, 2013, 06:30:54 PM
There's a report that the Jets had exploratory talks with Jarmacus Russell  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 29, 2013, 07:54:11 PM
Everyone is laughing at that one  :D

He's down to a svelte 308 lbs after 6 weeks of conditioning  ::) :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 29, 2013, 09:02:31 PM
Seems the Jests aren't interested in Russell (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000132416/article/new-york-jets-reportedly-dont-want-jamarcus-russell)

In one area he'd have been an upgrade on Sanchez, given his size he wouldn't likely get sacked by his lineman's butt :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 30, 2013, 08:40:51 AM
So Randy Moss thinks he's the greatest receiver to ever play the game , no disrespect to Randy but

JERRY RICE


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 30, 2013, 11:11:07 AM
Hmm... yeah...  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 30, 2013, 11:14:40 AM
It's not news, but I dreamt that I played for the Patriots last night. Corner back, I think. It was great fun - I got to sack Joe Flacco.  ;D

And yet, even in the dream, I was still on the dole.  >:(


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on January 30, 2013, 11:46:30 AM
I got to sack Joe Flacco.  ;D

 :o

I guess words in this thread may have a different meaning.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 30, 2013, 12:12:30 PM
So Randy Moss thinks he's the greatest receiver to ever play the game , no disrespect to Randy but

JERRY RICE

I can't believe that anyone would claim to the be the greatest.  Other than Mohamed Ali, of course.

I suspect that if this went to a vote by the knowledgable, Jerry Rice would get more than 50%.  Of course, playing on a team with Joe Montana and Steve Young as QBs, and John Taylor as the other receiver certainly helped.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 30, 2013, 12:34:34 PM
Superbowl coverage details for the UK:

Sky Sports 1HD kicks off its live game coverage at 10.30 p.m. from New Orleans with host Kevin Cadle joined by regular analysts Neil Reynolds and Cecil Martin, the former Philadelphia Eagles fullback. Of course, if you are not by a television screen you can follow the Sky coverage on Sky Go.

BBC2, the BBC HD Channel and BBC Online kick-off their broadcast from New Orleans at 11.00 p.m. Presenter Mark Chapman and expert Mike Carlson will be joined by former New England Patriots linebacker and current NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest, a three-time Super Bowl champion. The game will then be available on the BBC iPlayer the following day.

BBC Radio 5Live's coverage begins at 11.00 p.m. with Darren Fletcher leading the way. Alongside him in the commentary box in New Orleans will be another Super Bowl winner, former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Rocky Boiman. The BBC 5Live radio commentary will also be available as an interactive option on BBC's TV broadcast.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 30, 2013, 12:39:47 PM
I will have to see if BBC Online streams nicely or keeps pausing...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 30, 2013, 01:07:48 PM
I got to sack Joe Flacco.  ;D

 :o

I guess words in this thread may have a different meaning.

Sack = man who throws football gets put in ground by other team before he can throw. Becaue he didn't get rid of the ball, the line of play goes back to where he got put in the ground.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 30, 2013, 01:31:43 PM
I got to sack Joe Flacco.  ;D

 :o

I guess words in this thread may have a different meaning.

Sack = man who throws football gets put in ground by other team before he can throw. Becaue he didn't get rid of the ball, the line of play goes back to where he got put in the ground.

Unless he has crossed the line of scrimmage, in which case you will be talking about someone's tackle.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 30, 2013, 01:33:30 PM
Quite.  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on January 30, 2013, 01:54:50 PM
Oh you boys and your tight end receivers.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 30, 2013, 02:33:57 PM
It all comes from having a long snapper on a special team.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 30, 2013, 05:52:38 PM
And the ability to drive deep with your recievers when required.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 30, 2013, 06:20:30 PM
New addition to my Jersey collection:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8080/8429621541_7f90dc5504_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeevstog/8429621541/)
My NFL Jersey collection (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeevstog/8429621541/) by MikeEvstog (http://www.flickr.com/people/mikeevstog/), on Flickr


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 30, 2013, 06:36:21 PM
Alex Smith has burnt his Evans jersey  :(


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 30, 2013, 08:43:29 PM
"And, of course, the consensus "Greatest of All Time" wide receiver, Jerry Rice, could not allow a comment like Moss' GOAT comparison pass by without a response. On ESPN yesterday, the Hall of Famer and former 49ers wide receiver said, "You know, I was really surprised that Randy Moss made that comment, because, how can you not bring stats in, or how you impacted the game. I impacted the game by winning Super Bowls," Rice said, holding up his right hand with a Super Bowl ring on it. "Randy is still trying to win his first one, and I wish him the best, but I was very surprised that he said he's the best receiver to ever play the game. I leave that up to my fans to make that statement.""


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 30, 2013, 08:50:17 PM
 :o

"Kwame Harris is due in court today on charges he "assaulted his former boyfriend at a Menlo Park restaurant during an argument over soy sauce and underwear."

The former 49er and Raiders offensive lineman is charged with felony counts of domestic violence causing great bodily injury and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury in an the alleged incident which occurred Aug. 21 of last year.  The alleged victim, Dimitri Geier, is also suing Harris for assault, battery, false imprisonment, negligence and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The suit claims Harris and Geier had been in a romantic relationship. Harris was to drive Geier to the airport but instead became upset when the two of them were at a Chinese restaurant and he poured soy sauce on a plate of rice.  Harris became angry and told Geier he would no longer take him to the airport. As the men left to remove Geier's belongings from Harris' car so that he could instead take a cab, Harris tried pulling the other man's pants down and accused him of stealing his underwear, according to the suit.

Geier claims he attempted to push Harris away but being that Harris was a good deal larger than him, he couldn't do it so he hit Harris three times in the face but Harris "seemed only to grow more agitated" and punched him in the face several times until he fell to the ground.  Geier was taken to the emergency room and surgery was needed to repair broken orbital bones and required a metal plate to repair the damage.

Harris' through his lawyer is pleading not guilty to all charges and states self-defense due to Geier throwing the first punch. The charges stem from Geier being the one severely injured in the altercation.

Harris was originally a first round pick by the 49ers (pick 26) out of Stanford. He spent his entire football career in the Bay Area. After his five year rookie contract was up, he was signed by the Raiders in 2008. He struggled at left tackle for the Raiders that season and was eventually benched in favor of Mario Henderson. That was his one and only season with the Raiders and his last in the NFL."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 30, 2013, 08:54:07 PM
"And, of course, the consensus "Greatest of All Time" wide receiver, Jerry Rice, could not allow a comment like Moss' GOAT comparison pass by without a response. On ESPN yesterday, the Hall of Famer and former 49ers wide receiver said, "You know, I was really surprised that Randy Moss made that comment, because, how can you not bring stats in, or how you impacted the game. I impacted the game by winning Super Bowls," Rice said, holding up his right hand with a Super Bowl ring on it. "Randy is still trying to win his first one, and I wish him the best, but I was very surprised that he said he's the best receiver to ever play the game. I leave that up to my fans to make that statement.""

You can see and hear him say that HERE (http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2012/story/_/id/8893843/super-bowl-2013-randy-moss-says-greatest-wr-ever-play)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 31, 2013, 12:49:31 AM
Meanwhile, Ray Lewis appears on SNL ahead of Sunday's game (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6FZ-WSVcW4).


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 31, 2013, 04:11:44 AM
Can't help feeling this guy might be playing for a team in the wrong City...

"San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has made inflammatory comments regarding homosexuality in football just a few days before Super Bowl XLVII.

Shock jock Artie Lange revealed he had interviewed Culliver at media day Tuesday and aired a segment on his show that night, where the player insisted that any gay players would not be welcome on the team.

"I don't do the gay guys man," said Culliver, whose Niners play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. "I don't do that. No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah…can't be…in the locker room man. Nah."

When quizzed by Lange whether any homosexual athletes would need to keep their sexuality a secret in football, Culliver responded: "Yeah, come out 10 years later after that.""


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 31, 2013, 04:19:50 AM
Some interesting views on the Rice -v- Moss debate (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--best-wide-receiver-ever--jerry-rice-vs--randy-moss-233828619.html;_ylt=AvnGyVc7gGAQT7jlcQPWrVZDubYF;_ylu=X3oDMTN1cXRqM2dyBG1pdANGRUFUVVJFRCBNZWdhdHJvbiBORkwEcGtnA2Q4Yjg1ZTFlLTAzNmEtM2I1My1iM2ZhLTFhODAwZjhlMTcxYgRwb3MDMQRzZWMDbWVnYXRyb24EdmVyAzZmZmIyNzMyLTZiNWMtMTFlMi1iYjVlLTdmNjFlMjU1OGJiYQ--;_ylg=X3oDMTJjdTNmOGtsBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANuZmwEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnMEdGVzdANHcmFuZHNsYW1fT25fSW50ZXJuYWw-;_ylv=3)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 31, 2013, 07:53:17 AM
Can't help feeling this guy might be playing for a team in the wrong City...

That's what I thought to ::)

currently 2-1 to the 49ers in the say something stupid that will distract from the game stakes.

I wonder who will be least liked in San Francisco now, Randy Moss for proclaiming himself better than Jerry Rice or the homophobic Culliver?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 31, 2013, 11:47:29 AM
What a dick.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 31, 2013, 12:45:54 PM
Something he is unlikely to say...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 31, 2013, 12:50:58 PM
No, he is of course a dick in a purely hetrosexual way. Which also makes him a massive twat.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 31, 2013, 12:53:12 PM
Green Bay WR Donal Driver announces his retirement. (http://www.packers.com/news-and-events/article-1/From-humble-start-Donald-Driver-retires-in-greatness/c7fe6b9d-e3ca-4009-8482-a14e6665c72b?campaign=t130130_driver)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 31, 2013, 01:18:58 PM
I guess Dan will be wanting those millions back now it is not secret then...

"Former Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino fathered a child with a CBS Sports employee and paid her millions to keep it secret, according to the New York Post.  Marino, who has served as a pregame analyst for the network since 2003, reportedly admitted to having an affair with Donna Savattere, a production assistant at CBS Sports.

Savattere, who was 35 at the time of the affair, gave birth to their daughter, Chloe, in June 2005, according to The Post. Marino has reportedly been in contact with his now-7-year-old daughter.  “This is a personal and private matter. I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then,” Marino told The Post in a statement. “We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved.”

Marino tells The Post that he is still married to Claire, his wife of nearly 30 years. The couple has six children together.

Marino is set to appear on CBS this weekend as part of its Super Bowl coverage."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Robert on January 31, 2013, 02:51:28 PM
Six children. Blimey. "I love my wife." "I love my cigar but I take it out of my mouth occasionally"


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 31, 2013, 03:10:24 PM
 :D  Who said that?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 31, 2013, 03:12:11 PM
Ed Reed would like to play for Bill Belichick. (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000133215/article/ed-reed-i-could-play-for-ravens-rival-bill-belichick?campaign=Twitter_atl)

Hmmmm... He's a free agent after this season and the Pats seriously need to develop their secondary... I would like to see this happen.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Robert on January 31, 2013, 04:06:17 PM
:D  Who said that?

It's attributed to Groucho Marx, but alas, he never actually said it.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 31, 2013, 06:51:35 PM
Little shit Culliver faces the music over his homophobic remarks. (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000133239/article/49ers-chris-culliver-thats-not-whats-in-my-heart?campaign=Twitter_atl)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 31, 2013, 06:52:38 PM
Sorry, Mike, but you have Jon Anderson on your side.  :D

Quote
OK!!!!!!!! 49ers this Sunday , weeeeeeeeeeeee


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 31, 2013, 06:57:27 PM
"weeeeeeeeeeeee"

 ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 31, 2013, 07:10:39 PM
Sorry, Mike, but you have Jon Anderson on your side.  :D

Quote
OK!!!!!!!! 49ers this Sunday , weeeeeeeeeeeee

Who?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on January 31, 2013, 07:55:27 PM
Sorry, Mike, but you have Jon Anderson on your side.  :D

Quote
OK!!!!!!!! 49ers this Sunday , weeeeeeeeeeeee

Who?

No, Yes.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 31, 2013, 07:57:10 PM
Yes, no ?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on January 31, 2013, 11:39:23 PM
Roger Goodell Texts Ray Lewis About His Banned Drug Usage. (http://profootballmock.com/roger-goodell-texts-ray-lewis-about-his-banned-drug-usage/)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 01, 2013, 09:49:49 AM
ESPN Experts Superbowl picks (http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2012/story/_/id/8900931/super-bowl-xlvii-espn-predictions-big-game)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on February 01, 2013, 12:04:02 PM
I think that Baltimore will win.

I think that the game should have been switched to Philadelphia - the city of brotherly love.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 01, 2013, 05:40:56 PM
I really cannot call this one...I think it all comes down to the 49ers QB -v- the Ravens defence.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 01, 2013, 06:18:55 PM
On twitter at the moment you can send suggestions to which rules you think should be looked at/changed in the NFL.

Just tweet with the hashtag  #changetherule


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on February 01, 2013, 06:35:52 PM
Looks like both London games are now sold out.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on February 01, 2013, 07:03:28 PM
I really cannot call this one...I think it all comes down to the 49ers QB -v- the Ravens defence.
Yes - I agree - sitting on the fence will just give you spliters.

This could be a really good game.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 01, 2013, 07:05:41 PM
Here is a Dolphins-biased article about Ted Ginn Jr and his entire family (http://www.thephinsider.com/2013/2/1/3939332/super-bowl-2013-ted-ginn-jr-has-no-regrets-about-time-with-dolphins)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 02, 2013, 09:46:35 AM
Culliver seems to have launched the 49ers into some hardly ideal preparation for Sunday, and maybe for their return to their home town...

"The San Francisco 49ers earned a lot of goodwill at the start of the season when they became the first NFL team to tape an "It Gets Better" spot. Designed to encourage hope and acceptance among gay teens who are being bullied, the "It Gets Better" website features hundreds of videos from teams, groups and individuals eager to voice their support.

One video that's no longer posted? The one the 49ers filmed in 2012.

Movement co-founder Dan Savage made the decision to pull the video after linebacker Ahmad Brooks and tackle Isaac Sopoaga strangely denied their involvement with "It Gets Better" when asked about it by Kevin Manahan of USA Today on Thursday afternoon. After being shown the video, the players then claimed ignorance of the ad's intentions and refused comment.

That's not exactly the type of look a team wants to give off when one of its members — defensive back Chris Culliver — aired his controversial thoughts about gay players being welcomed in the NFL. And especially not when it plays in one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world.

If you watch the video, you can see the players don't do that good of a job masking the fact they're reading their message straight off a cue card. And in their defense, neither Brooks nor Sopoaga read anything that contained the words "lesbian," "gay," "bisexual," or "transgendered." At least not in the video.

But why were they so defensive? One can understand that they didn't want to be swept into a Culliver-level controversy but their involvement in the ad — whether they realized it before the interview or not — was a positive action and certainly not something that could be taken out of context.

It's also worth wondering why "It Gets Better" would take down the video when two other players — Donte Whitner and Ricky Jean Francois — took their time to stand up and speak out for the cause. Maybe their levels of conviction weren't that high either, but it's worth an more complete investigation.

Whatever the case, this is a good, if sad example that public service announcements aren't total evidence of someone's dedication to a cause. While it's sad to say that we have to be more suspicious about rubber stamping every good deed that comes across our desk, it appears to be the case."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 02, 2013, 09:54:36 AM
And just to even things up, the Ravens are also evil...

"And you thought Ray Lewis' deer-antler spray controversy would be the biggest distraction for the Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl week.  That was until Courtney Lenz said on "Good Morning America" that she believes the team won't let her cheer in the Super Bowl because she gained about two pounds.

Uh, oh. This is going to throw the team off.

Lenz's story has been getting some major airtime this week. An online petition on GoPetition.com passed 25,000 signatures on Thursday afternoon and a Facebook page dedicated to supporting Lenz has drawn a lot of eyeballs.

So what's the real story here? Well, it's hard to tell because Lenz's tale about being left back has changed a bit this week. First she said the team was upset she had chosen to retire at the end of the season. But the story she told GMA on Thursday morning was that she thinks the decision to leave her home from the Super Bowl stems from a weigh-in that showed she had gained 1.6 pounds.  Lenz, 23, was on the Ravens' cheer team for five years. She finished school and got a full-time marketing job recently, and said she was retiring after the season.  Earlier in the week, in an interview with ABC News, Lenz didn't make her weight a major issue in being left back. The entire blog entry telling her story doesn't include any mention of her weight.

"They've been really hard on me this year since I told them I was leaving," Lenz said to ABC News. "I was the only three-plus year veteran that [is] not going. I immediately thought it was a mistake."

Then on "Good Morning America," Lenz said during the season she was disciplined for weight gain. She said she was forced to see a nutritionist and a counselor with the cost coming out of her pocket.  "The last straw had to come from to the weight," Lenz said to GMA. "They said I had quote-unquote, a rough year. They had to take disciplinary action, and being that I was benched for my weight."  In an interview with "Access Hollywood," Lenz said she weighed about 125 pounds and the team wanted her to be about 120. She said she was never told why she was being left home, but that the slight weight gain led to her only discipline during the season.

The GMA report said the Ravens have about 60 members and only 32 are allowed to come.

"As set by the NFL, we are permitted to bring 32 cheerleaders to the Super Bowl. Our selection process was based upon three criteria: seniority, performance ability and personal conduct throughout the season. As much as we would like to take the whole team, we are unable to do so, due to parameters set by the NFL," Ravens spokeswoman Heather Harness, said in a statement to ABCNews.com."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on February 02, 2013, 04:38:35 PM
I don't think I could say who I think will win... but I must root for Mike's team in absence of my own. Also, I hate the Ravens.  ;)

I guess this really will be Colin-all-the-heroes Kaepernicus's chance to prove himself...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 02, 2013, 09:00:49 PM
I do enjoy Jason Cole's articles (from the time when he was a beat reporter for the Dolphins) and here is an interesting one about whether Eddie DeBartolo Jr should be voted into the Hall of Fame (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--ex-49ers-lobby-for-hall-induction-for-eddie-debartolo-jr--182004460.html)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on February 02, 2013, 09:23:16 PM
All things being equal, DeBartolo should be in the HoF.  He put together the best team of the era.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 02, 2013, 10:43:45 PM
"The Phinsider: The SB Nation Miami Dolphins Blog
RT @BenVolinPBP: Hall of Fame voters spent an entire hour debating Parcells' candidacy today. It's gonna be close"

I think he has to go in, despite what he brought to Miami at the end of his days, but maybe not this time around.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 02, 2013, 10:49:29 PM
"RT @BenVolinPBP: 5 finalists were Larry Allen, Jon Ogden, Bill Parcells, Warren Sapp and Cris Carter. I bet all 5 get in"

No Art Modell and no DeBartolo.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 02, 2013, 11:01:48 PM
Surprised at Modell not making the final 5 not so much with DeBartolo but both should be in the HOF


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 02, 2013, 11:02:19 PM
Is Greg Jennings heading to the Dolphins? (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000134201/article/greg-jennings-to-dolphins-joe-philbin-remember-me)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on February 03, 2013, 07:28:03 AM
Art Modell - I bet he gets loads of support from Cleveland.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 03, 2013, 09:34:58 AM
Is Greg Jennings heading to the Dolphins? (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000134201/article/greg-jennings-to-dolphins-joe-philbin-remember-me)
If we do not get at least one of Jennings, Bowe and Wallace, expect a lynch mob to descend on Sun Life Stadium demanding the head of Jeff Ireland.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 03, 2013, 11:30:55 AM
Adrian Peterson named MVP


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 03, 2013, 11:32:11 AM
Thank goodness.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on February 03, 2013, 05:17:23 PM
Adrian Peterson named MVP

No complaints with that at all.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 03, 2013, 05:31:17 PM
The Jests are looking to trade Tebow before deciding to just release him...

 ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 03, 2013, 06:33:43 PM
The Jests are looking to trade Tebow before deciding to just release him...

 ::)

Worth a go I suppose, there might be a GM/Head Coach/Owner dumb enough out there to think that Tebow could be worth another shot :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 03, 2013, 06:36:49 PM
It's less a matter of that and more a matter that everyone knows there is no way the Jests will retain him...so just wait it out  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on February 03, 2013, 07:03:53 PM
It depends how many teams want him really badly.  I'm not sure that he's the answer to any team's need to be honest.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 03, 2013, 07:09:45 PM
The one team anyone reckoned might want him have come out and said they don't.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on February 03, 2013, 07:19:57 PM
You mean the Jest?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 03, 2013, 07:21:00 PM
The Jags.  They don't even want him for the bums on seats effect.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 03, 2013, 10:27:00 PM
Mariucci the next Beyonce (http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000134670/Mariucci-the-next-Beyonce)  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on February 04, 2013, 07:20:16 AM
My Superbowl recording didn't complete, so I'll just have to find an alternative.
I've only seen a couple of highlights, but I didn't think the Ravens would actually do it.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 04, 2013, 07:36:34 AM
Most thrilling post-season ever...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on February 04, 2013, 09:26:28 AM
So are you all sad now that your American egg-chasing has finished for another year.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 04, 2013, 09:28:50 AM
We could always follow the Lingerie League now...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on February 04, 2013, 09:44:21 AM
Most thrilling post-season ever...
7/11 for me.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 04, 2013, 10:02:38 AM
I think I got 5.5, after getting 3 from 4 in the first round.

And the 0.5 is only because I could nto pick who would win the Superbowl  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 04, 2013, 04:41:02 PM
My Superbowl recording didn't complete, so I'll just have to find an alternative.
I've only seen a couple of highlights, but I didn't think the Ravens would actually do it.


Full game is on Iplayer or there's highlights on BBC red button at 7pm


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on February 04, 2013, 05:01:57 PM
I think it would have been a Ravens rout, had the power not gone out.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on February 04, 2013, 05:35:37 PM
The 49ers had needed time to wake up and get going in their last three or so games, which were all across the country far from San Fran. The delay probably helped them get on with it though, as the Ravens really were taking advantage of, well, everything. It was a good game and another close finish. I hope Ray Lewis will shut up and go away now.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on February 04, 2013, 06:24:49 PM
My Superbowl recording didn't complete, so I'll just have to find an alternative.
I've only seen a couple of highlights, but I didn't think the Ravens would actually do it.


Full game is on Iplayer or there's highlights on BBC red button at 7pm

Thanks. Now watching the BBC Folk Awards show while waiting for the Superbowl.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 04, 2013, 06:36:16 PM
I hope Ray Lewis will shut up and go away now.

Same here I hope he realises he's been very lucky to have the career he's had and that he hasn't been spending the last 12 years in prison. Time for Ray to fade away and keep out of the limelight.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on February 04, 2013, 09:35:54 PM
The Ravens lost the Lombardi Trophy.

Quote
The Baltimore Ravens fought through major injuries and a near mutiny to hoist their second Vince Lombardi Trophy in franchise history on Sunday night after their 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. In a matter of minutes, though, the trophy was lost.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh revealed during Monday's news conference that the Lombardi Trophy was misplaced in the craziness of the postgame celebration.

"We hadn't seen this (trophy) since last night," Harbaugh said. "We thought we lost it."

Harbaugh went on to thank whoever returned the Super Bowl XLVII showpiece.

While there's no word on the events that led to the temporary disappearance, there is one noteworthy addendum to the story. Whereas CBS filmed coach Jim Harbaugh's 49ers holding the trophy as part of Sunday's television production, the Ravens refused to participate.

"You don't earn the right to even think about it until you're the one true champion," explained John Harbaugh.

Now that trophy is back in safe hands, Ravens players and coaches have nothing but time to bask in the limelight of the previously forbidden fruit.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on February 04, 2013, 10:07:02 PM
Somebody took it while the lights were off...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on February 04, 2013, 10:15:55 PM
Maybe it was Alex Smith.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on February 04, 2013, 11:16:20 PM
(http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/photo/2013/02/04/0ap1000000136169.jpg)

CAPTION COMPETITION!


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 04, 2013, 11:21:39 PM
(I can't imagine any time in the match when he may have felt that was appropriate)

 ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Robert on February 05, 2013, 10:06:45 AM
Is it an outtake from The Evil Dead II?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on February 05, 2013, 10:20:40 PM
I believe it was when he was shouting for a holding or interference call on that overthrown pass to Crabtree in the end zone.

Meanwhile, the Lions axe Titus Young, Vanden Bosche and Stephen Peterman, and the Jags have a shiny new logo...

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/67d0a0d2f273080f20c08310f1b65ab1/tumblr_mhrn4bVaha1rgyvgto1_500.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 05, 2013, 11:52:24 PM
Thunder Thunder Thunder ThunderJags...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 06, 2013, 09:34:13 AM
Finally Elite (http://profootballmock.com/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-finally-elite/)  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on February 06, 2013, 09:53:34 AM
Finally Elite (http://profootballmock.com/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-finally-elite/)  :D

 ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 06, 2013, 10:09:08 AM
Also, praise Jesus.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on February 06, 2013, 03:01:16 PM
You know what, thats WAY too many cocks for me

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519JBlEMAZL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on February 06, 2013, 03:30:41 PM
"NO AMOUNT OF CAKE CAN FILL THE HOLE I HAVE IN MY HEART RIGHT NOW."  ;D ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on February 06, 2013, 04:05:26 PM
Have you tried paxo?

(http://bexgoes4you.com/cooking%20ingredients/paxo%20sage%20n%20onion%20stuffin%20340g.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 07, 2013, 04:45:06 PM
 ;D

Or duct tape?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 09, 2013, 04:36:16 PM
Exclusive footage of Mark Sanchez offseason workout (http://fauxjohnmadden.lockerdome.com/media/106265258)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 09, 2013, 04:40:07 PM
He's just practicing that move he used in the season...

 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on February 09, 2013, 07:16:28 PM
 :D :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 09, 2013, 07:40:59 PM
All 32 NFL Teams Eagerly Lining Up For Chance To Sign Randy Moss, Reports Randy Moss (http://www.theonion.com/articles/all-32-nfl-teams-eagerly-lining-up-for-chance-to-s,31236/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=standard-post:headline:default)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on February 09, 2013, 07:44:39 PM
Ah Randy Moss extolling his best attribute - his modesty.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on February 09, 2013, 07:53:37 PM
As he is well known in the NFL - Randy Modessty.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 09, 2013, 09:53:48 PM
Anquan Boldin: I'll retire if released (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8931984/anquan-boldin-says-retire-released-baltimore-ravens)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 11, 2013, 08:19:46 AM
Saints hire Rob Ryan as D-Coordinator  (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8931793/rob-ryan-lands-new-orleans-saints-work-1-month)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 11, 2013, 02:40:37 PM
10 NFL teams with big off seasons ahead (http://www.nfluk.com/opinions/articles/10-nfl-teams-big-seasons-ahead)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on February 11, 2013, 05:24:17 PM
Vick stays with Eagles. (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000137998/article/michael-vick-philadelphia-eagles-agree-to-restructured-deal?campaign=Twitter_atl)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 16, 2013, 12:51:23 PM
Packers release Woodsen and Colts won't resign Freeney
 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 20, 2013, 08:12:22 AM
Jests Release 5 to get under Salary Cap (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/8962969/bart-scott-calvin-pace-five-reeased-new-york-jets)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 23, 2013, 01:31:44 PM
Don't listen to Jim, the 49ers are looking to trade Alex Smith (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--49ers-look-to-trade-alex-smith--chiefs--cardinals-loom-as-possible-destinations-014704869.html)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 23, 2013, 08:07:27 PM
Well DUH who does Jim think he's fooling


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on February 23, 2013, 09:14:26 PM
 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 25, 2013, 09:20:07 AM
"According to multiple reports, the San Francisco 49ers have wrapped up a trade that will put quarterback Alex Smith in a new city. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported via Twitter that the 49ers have sewed up negotiations with a willing trade partner. The interested team is not yet known, though Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com says that from everything he's heard around the scouting combine this week, the Kansas City Chiefs have a deal for Smith that is "all but done."

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported on the NFL Network that the Chiefs have the most interest, and that new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is very intrigued with Smith's mobility, but that a deal isn't yet consummated. Rapoport also said on NFL.com that the 49ers will continue to lay the groundwork for a trade that will give Smith to a new NFL team.

If the deal is in place, it can't actually take place until the new league year begins on March 12."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 25, 2013, 09:53:49 PM
Tom Brady and the Patriots agree to a 3 year contract extension to keep him at the Patriots till 2017 (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20130225/tom-brady-new-england-patriots-contract/?sct=hp_t11_a6&eref=sihp)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on February 25, 2013, 09:57:52 PM
I guess after that, he retires.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 25, 2013, 10:04:21 PM
I think that's the plan


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 27, 2013, 07:26:54 PM
49ers agree trade with Chiefs for Alex Smith (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8995035/san-francisco-49ers-agree-trade-alex-smith-kansas-city-chiefs-source)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 27, 2013, 08:13:03 PM
Where does Cassel go from here ?  Now people have seen him play they know how good he isn't...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 27, 2013, 08:33:00 PM
"So Tom Brady, out of the goodness of his gold-minted heart, has cut the New England Patriots a contractual break, taking far less than he's worth so that the team will have more room under the salary cap.

Patriots, you are now on the clock.

How aggressively the Pats parlay the cap savings into retaining and acquiring premium players will determine whether Brady's gesture was a smart one. While the future Hall of Fame quarterback certainly had his reasons for doing a cut-rate deal — and, on many levels, he has earned the right to make that decision — it did not come without a psychic cost relative to his reputation within the NFL community.

In agreeing to a three-year, $27 million contact extension that runs through the end of the 2017 season, when he'll be 40, Brady likely riled agents and players throughout the league, especially those of the elite-quarterback variety. From Joe Flacco, who's currently negotiating a long-term deal with the Baltimore Ravens in the wake of a Super Bowl championship, to Aaron Rodgers, whose deal with the Green Bay Packers is well below market value, highly compensated passers can look forward to being guilt-tripped by employers, media members and fans imploring them to "Take Less For The Team."

When that happens, Brady shouldn't expect to receive any thank-you cards."

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--tom-brady-s-generous-gesture-worthy-of-scrutiny-003927506.html


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 27, 2013, 09:54:54 PM
but didn't Brady's deal almost double his guaranteed money? I'm sure I read that somewhere


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 27, 2013, 09:59:59 PM
Yes he did http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/source_brady_doubled_his_guaranteed_At85RKDCpv933n9PJ2lQSI


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 27, 2013, 10:04:51 PM
His signing bonus brings him $3M more in the first two years, but in normal circumstances he would have expected a bigger pay rise.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 27, 2013, 10:06:44 PM
Where does Cassel go from here ?  Now people have seen him play they know how good he isn't...

The Jests to compete with Sanchez :D

or maybe the Cardinals (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/27/matt-cassel-could-be-on-cardinals-radar/)

or the Browns maybe (http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/73106/would-matt-cassel-really-interest-browns)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 27, 2013, 10:09:00 PM
I have read in a couple of places that there is no way the Jests will be getting rid of Sanchez before the end of next season  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 27, 2013, 10:16:47 PM
His signing bonus brings him $3M more in the first two years, but in normal circumstances he would have expected a bigger pay rise.

I wish my DT in Madden thought like Brady did he's due to make $16.12m next season but if I release or trade him the cap penalty would be $9.2m saving me saving me $6.92m in cap space of which I currently have $4.7m for next season.

I've tried offering him a new contract but if I do that $9.2m gets added to his new bonus payment plus the whole of his salary + bonus count against the cap meaning there's no way I can sign him to a deal that will save me as much as trading him or releasing him.  It's a shame as he's a 96 overall but I have a younger DT who's also a 96 and only in the 3rd year of the cheap  7 year rookie contract I signed him to ;D

I feel the pain of all these teams trying to squeeze under the salary cap :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 28, 2013, 11:17:03 AM
Some very interesting thoughts on the 49ers having too many draft picks...

"What will a San Francisco 49ers team already loaded with young talent do with more 2013 draft picks than can possibly make their roster?

Three words: Pursue Darrelle Revis."

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl---sources--niners-in-pursuit-of-darrelle-revis-211130553.html


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 28, 2013, 11:38:33 AM
Makes sense the 49ers need an upgrade at CB and with all those draft picks I'd be quite happy to see them trade away a few to get Revis


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 28, 2013, 11:40:27 AM
I would prefer the Jests get draft picks this year, so Wrecks can waste them  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 01, 2013, 05:56:53 PM
Tweet from the Falcons

Quote
Atlanta_Falcons @Atlanta_Falcons
The Falcons today have released veterans Michael Turner, Dunta Robinson and John Abraham.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 01, 2013, 07:42:10 PM
For some reason, I thought Abraham was a key player to the Falcons. I guess not.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 01, 2013, 08:13:25 PM
For some reason, I thought Abraham was a key player to the Falcons. I guess not.

From this article it sounds to me like it was all about saving cap space:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/falcons-release-michael-turner-john-abraham-dunta-robinson-153904417--nfl.html


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 01, 2013, 08:16:54 PM
Cap space and bringing through younger players - if they think they can get 10 sacks elsewhere then...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 05, 2013, 03:10:39 PM
8 players got the Franchise tag from their teams:

1. The Buffalo Bills used the franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd.

2. The Cincinnati Bengals used the franchise tag on defensive end Michael Johnson.

3. The Indianapolis Colts used the franchise tag on punter Pat McAfee.

4. The Chicago Bears used the franchise tag on defensive tackle Henry Melton.

5. The Denver Broncos placed the franchise tag on offensive tackle Ryan Clady.

6. As we expected, the Miami Dolphins used the franchise tag on defensive tackle Randy Starks on Monday, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

7. In a surprise move, the Dallas Cowboys used the franchise tag on linebacker/defensive end Anthony Spencer. It's the second straight year Spencer received the tag. The Cowboys continue to make the same mistakes over and over.

8. The Kansas City Chiefs used the franchise tag on offensive tackle Branden Albert after a last minute, long-term contract for Dwayne Bowe.

Taken from http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000146745/article/deadline-day-tracking-franchise-tags


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 05, 2013, 03:20:47 PM
Top 85 Free Agents (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000145968/article/top-85-free-agents-mike-wallace-tops-best-available)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 05, 2013, 03:26:22 PM
It was a good move from the Dolphins, though I fully expect Starks to be signed to a longer deal before the season starts.

Tagging either Sean Smith or Jake Long would have taken them beyond what the team should be looking to pay to keep them.  It sounds as though Smith will go to whoever wants to pay him the most, and Long will most likely not receive any offers better than that on the table from the Dolphins.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 08, 2013, 01:44:46 PM
WR Bryan Hartline agrees to new deal with Dolphins (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9030108/brian-hartline-miami-dolphins-agree-5-year-30775m-deal-sources)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 08, 2013, 01:53:41 PM
Following hot on the heels of that, it looks like they also might also re-sign QB Matt Moore.

Quote
The Miami Dolphins aren't finished re-signing their own players.

NFL.com's Jeff Darlington reports quarterback Matt Moore has decided to stay in South Florida, signing a new contract with the Dolphins, according to a source close to the player. This comes hours after Miami re-signed wide receiver Brian Hartline.

Terms of Moore's new contract were not immediately known and the Dolphins have yet to announce the deal.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 08, 2013, 01:56:21 PM
Mixed views from the Dolfans as to whether we have overpaid to keep him.  I do not have a particular issue with the money provided he continues to improve as he has done, and provided we do not start the season with him as the #1 WR - he should prove to be an excellent #2.

If Moore wants to stay as backup then that is fine - everyone thought he would want to be off to try to find a starting job.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 11, 2013, 08:27:50 PM
Percy Harvin gets traded from Vikings to Seahawks. (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000149365/article/seahawks-make-bold-smart-move-in-acquiring-percy-harvin?campaign=Twitter_atl)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 11, 2013, 08:28:55 PM
Anquan Boldin to be traded from Ravens to 49ers. (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000149401/article/report-anquan-boldin-to-be-traded-to-san-francisco-49ers?campaign=Twitter_news)

It won't be official until he passes a physical, which will be after he returns from doing charity work in Africa.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 11, 2013, 08:44:24 PM
Sounds like the Dolphins are bringing in Mike Wallace, and targetting Jared Cook.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 11, 2013, 09:49:29 PM
David Garrard signs for the Jests - if he can stay fit then he'll beat out Sanchez for the starting job.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 11, 2013, 09:56:22 PM
A coconut nailed to the right arse cheek of Brandon Moore has a better chance of beating Sanchez to starter.

...Moore's arse on its own has already proven to be a good tool with which to beat Sanchez...  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 11, 2013, 10:19:18 PM
Anquan Boldin to be traded from Ravens to 49ers. (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000149401/article/report-anquan-boldin-to-be-traded-to-san-francisco-49ers?campaign=Twitter_news)

It won't be official until he passes a physical, which will be after he returns from doing charity work in Africa.

Sounds like a good deal to me, I hope he passes the physical  :)

If Manningham can stay healthy and with Crabtree that a pretty good receiving core along with Vernon Davies although looks like they may lose Delaine Walker


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 11, 2013, 10:53:58 PM
Delaine Walker is one on the Dolphins' list.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 11, 2013, 11:17:16 PM
Delaine Walker is one on the Dolphins' list.

I believe the Seahawks are quite keen on him too


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 12, 2013, 04:32:32 PM
NFL.com experts predict where top free agents will go (http://www.nfl.com/freeagency/story/0ap1000000149863/article/free-agency-predictions-analysts-match-top-players-with-teams)

James will be happy that all 8 have Mike Wallace going to the Dolphins :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 12, 2013, 09:31:40 PM
Looks like Wallace is heading to the Dolphins.

And Paul Kruger is going from the Ravens to the Browns.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 12, 2013, 09:55:13 PM
Delanie Walker has agreed a 4 year deal with the Titans


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 12, 2013, 11:00:56 PM
Dolphins sign LB Ellerbe (Ravens) and release Dansby.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 12, 2013, 11:30:13 PM
It looks like Wes Welker is exploring free agency. Interesting.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 12, 2013, 11:44:51 PM
He's only doing it to get a higher payday from the Pats.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 12, 2013, 11:56:43 PM
It depends if the Pats are willing to give him it. They might want to secure Vollmer and Talib first before focusing on Welker.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 13, 2013, 12:33:04 AM
LB Philip Wheeler goes from the Raiders to the Dolphins.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 13, 2013, 11:41:57 AM
49ers Nose Tackle Isaac Sopoaga has agreed terms with the Eagles


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 13, 2013, 05:37:34 PM
LB Philip Wheeler goes from the Raiders to the Dolphins.

And then we released Burnett.  All change at ILB, and we are in the market for a TE, having seen Fasano go to the Chiefs.  All good movesfor us, in my opinion.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 13, 2013, 05:45:16 PM
And Reggie Bush has gone to Detroit, which will allow Lamar Miller a lot more playing time.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 13, 2013, 09:01:02 PM
Wes Welker agrees two year deal with Denver Broncos


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 13, 2013, 09:03:28 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/426556_547710201940418_147069526_n.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 13, 2013, 09:05:26 PM
FS Dashon Goldson signs 5 year deal with Tampa Bay.

I'm sorry to see him leave the 49ers but I think it was a case of they paid Whitner last year and didn't want to much money tied up at safety after spending heavily at ILB to keep Willis and Bowman over the last couple of years


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 13, 2013, 09:44:16 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/426556_547710201940418_147069526_n.jpg)

Ahahahahaha...

I suppose I'm sad to see Welker leave the Patriots, but now I suppose it'll be the Broncos' problem when he drops the easiest catch at the most crucial moment in a game from now on.  ;)  And I'm so glad I held off buying a Welker jersey...  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 13, 2013, 10:32:53 PM
49ers agree a deal with former Chiefs DE Glenn Dorsey


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 13, 2013, 11:21:54 PM
The Patriots have been talking to representatives of the Rams' WR Danny Amendola. Looking to plug the Welker gap, no doubt.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 13, 2013, 11:42:26 PM
...And that is now a done five year deal.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 14, 2013, 06:50:01 AM
I hope his injury problems are behind him.  I think he could be very good with Brady throwing to him


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 14, 2013, 06:55:11 AM
Broncos agree 1 year deal with CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.


49ers looking to a fill a hole at CB are interested in Sean Smith and Nnamdi Asomugha


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 14, 2013, 07:06:27 AM
49ers are scheduled to talk with FS Louis Delmas,  the former Lions player has also talked with the Rams who made him an offer but he still wants to talk with the 49ers


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 14, 2013, 07:06:59 AM
I cannot understand why anyone is interested in Sean Smith.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 14, 2013, 07:08:12 AM
I'd prefer NA,  49ers also talked to SS Charles Woodson yesterday


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 14, 2013, 04:02:05 PM
FS Dashon Goldson signs 5 year deal with Tampa Bay.

I'm sorry to see him leave the 49ers but I think it was a case of they paid Whitner last year and didn't want to much money tied up at safety after spending heavily at ILB to keep Willis and Bowman over the last couple of years

Looking back Whitner signed a 3 year $11.75m deal with $4m guaranteed in 2011.

Goldson's deal with the Buccs is 5 years $41m with $22m guaranteed

2010 Willis signed a five-year contract extension worth $50 million, with $29 million in guaranteed money

2012 Bowman signed a 5 year extension through 2018  worth $45.25 million, with $25.5 million guaranteed


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 14, 2013, 08:31:23 PM
Matt Cassel goes from Chiefs to Vikings.

Sean Smith goes to Chiefs.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 14, 2013, 08:33:07 PM
Steven Jackson goes from Rams to Falcons


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 14, 2013, 08:35:26 PM
49ers defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois signs 4 year $22m deal with the Colts


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 14, 2013, 08:38:07 PM
NFL Proposes change to Tuck Rule (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000150828/article/nfl-proposes-to-change-tuck-rule)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 14, 2013, 08:49:20 PM
Sean Smith wanted $10M per year and ended up with $6M, but got $11M guaranteed in a 3 year deal.

I am glad he is not still with us.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 14, 2013, 10:54:39 PM
Manningham reportedly accepts a pay cut to stay with the 49ers.

Meanwhile, the Patriots have signed RB Leon Washington to a one year deal.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 15, 2013, 08:44:06 AM
49ers sign former Bengals LB Dan Skuta on a two year deal


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 15, 2013, 08:46:27 AM
Once Jake Long makes up his mind expect a few more deals to flow through...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 15, 2013, 08:46:59 AM
Buccs sign former Cowboys WR Kevin Ogletree as well as former Saints OLB Jonathan Casillas


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 15, 2013, 08:49:05 AM
Once Jake Long makes up his mind expect a few more deals to flow through...

Expected to sign with the Rams soon:

Quote
The Rams are pleased with the physical the offensive tackle underwent on Wednesday, and the two sides are working on a deal, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday. An agreement is expected soon.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 15, 2013, 08:52:24 AM
There is a train of thought that the Dolphins will see what is offered and then decide whether to match it.  If they don't then they are expected to bring in Eric Winston and Dustin Keller.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on March 15, 2013, 03:58:17 PM
Or they will just go "So long and thanks for all thi fish" and make their own arrangements.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 15, 2013, 04:10:44 PM
They are pushing to keep Long and have signed Keller to a one year deal.

So that's one less person for Sanchez to be unable to throw to.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 15, 2013, 04:50:14 PM
The Cardinals have released QB Kevin Kolb. So that's one less team for Sanchez to throw to.  ;)

The Patriots have signed former Bills WR Donald Jones.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 15, 2013, 04:56:59 PM
I read somewhere that Kolb could be the starter for the Jests...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 15, 2013, 05:02:41 PM
There's a little bit about it here (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000150971/article/kevin-kolb-cut-by-arizona-cardinals-for-salary-reasons?campaign=Twitter_atl).

Quote
However, with quarterbacks Drew Stanton and Brian Hoyer both under contract and vying for a chance to start, Kolb probably will try to seek greener pastures. It doesn't get any greener than the New York Jets, a team that has already discussed adding Kolb to their quarterback mix "at the right price."

And another article here (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000150805/article/kevin-kolb-reportedly-on-new-york-jets-radar).


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 15, 2013, 08:59:54 PM
Miami add WR Brandon Gibson.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 15, 2013, 09:06:28 PM
DE Elivis Dumervil was asked by the Broncos to take a pay cut as his $12m dollar salary for next season would have been guaranteed after 4pm today.  He agreed to take a pay cut to $8m but the paper work didn't go through in time so the Broncos released him.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 15, 2013, 09:21:14 PM
I will be watching for the Dolphins to target him then...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 15, 2013, 09:31:00 PM
The paperwork did not go through in time because his agent was faxing it...seriously, do people still use faxes ?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 15, 2013, 09:33:17 PM
Surprisingly, yes.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on March 15, 2013, 09:54:02 PM
Nice to know my company aren't the only ones still in the dark ages.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 15, 2013, 09:58:10 PM
Here's the story. Whoops. (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000151159/article/elvis-dumervil-released-by-denver-broncos-after-fax-blunder?campaign=Facebook_writers_darlington) You could say it was incompetence on a hilarious level.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 15, 2013, 10:06:51 PM
From the UK Patriots on Twitter:

Quote
Amendola, Washington, Jones & Abraham signed. Arrington resigned. Linked to Freeney, Wilson and Emmanuel Sanders

I originally read that as in "Arrington has resigned from the team" and got a little concerned. But the Patriots have signed him to a new four year deal. (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000151120/article/kyle-arrington-new-england-patriots-agree-to-contract)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 15, 2013, 10:07:58 PM
And I had to post this...

(http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/photo/2013/03/15/0ap1000000151152.jpg)

...because the headline under it on the NFL.com front page reads "RECIPE FOR DISASTER?"  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 15, 2013, 10:10:00 PM
The Dolphins sign CB Brent Grimes...was something I just saw but now it has disappeared.  He did visit today, so we shall see.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 15, 2013, 10:12:43 PM
"The Phinsider: The SB Nation Miami Dolphins Blog
RT @68INCOGNITO: Lets get everybody out to the airport to meet Jake and @jackielong_17 !! Lets welcome our boy HOME!>>Make it happen!!!"


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 15, 2013, 10:19:43 PM
Ed Reed met with the Texans in style, but has apparently left without signing anything. I'm still hoping that the Patriots can bag him.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 15, 2013, 10:20:10 PM
The Dolphins sign CB Brent Grimes...was something I just saw but now it has disappeared.  He did visit today, so we shall see.

Apparently Grimes agent is saying on twitter that he has signed.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 15, 2013, 11:25:12 PM
"Jeez, someone already changed Grimes’ Wikipedia page to the #Dolphins. But he hasn’t signed. Canter isn’t his agent bit.ly/13Y7iYu

    — Ben Volin (@BenVolinPBP) March 15, 2013"

 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 15, 2013, 11:37:00 PM
Greg Jennings signs a contract with the Vikings. That's quite a coup for them, I think.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 16, 2013, 05:50:54 AM
I think they got the third best WR available in free agency...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 16, 2013, 10:48:23 AM
An entertaining article from Michael Silver on the fax machine fiasco (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--what-the-fax--elvis-dumervil-contract-snafu-could-shift-balance-of-power-in-afc---002225119.html), which includes the following update :

"I went into the other room and summoned my 16-year-old daughter and asked her what she knew about the fax machine in my home office. "Nothing, really," she said, rolling her eyes. "I've never faxed. No one I know has ever faxed. It's like seeing one of those [rotary] phones or that track thing [8-track cassette player] you talk about that Grandpa used to like. I mean, no one even emails. That's, like, only for when you have to communicate with adults.""


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 16, 2013, 04:11:50 PM
According to numerous sources, the Patriots have re-signed CB Aqib Talib for another year. I'm happy to see that as it looked like he helped make a difference last season. Another year I'm guessing will be to see if that wasn't just a fluke and that he really does fit into the team. If he works, I guess they might look at signing him for a longer term next year.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 16, 2013, 04:31:18 PM
Brent Grimes isn't signing with anyone for now.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 16, 2013, 05:10:00 PM
Interesting...

"The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports Elvis Dumervil's agent intends to call the Dolphins because the DE would like to play for Miami."

Would love to have him across from Cameron Wake.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 16, 2013, 09:27:15 PM
Brandon Lloyd gets released by the Patriots as they didn't want to pay the roster bonus that was due.  He might resign but at a reduced salary

Via NFL.com (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000151278/article/brandon-lloyd-sent-packing-by-new-england-patriots)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 16, 2013, 10:05:38 PM
49ers have signed ex Rams SS Craig Dahl on a 3 year deal.  So I guess they're out of the chase for Charles Woodson


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 18, 2013, 06:54:11 AM
Jake Long signs 4 year $34m deal with the Rams


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 18, 2013, 08:57:06 AM
Wonder how much of that he is getting in the first two years...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 18, 2013, 09:01:57 AM
I am seeing it reported as 4 years for $36m, with the Dolphins having been willing to offer $7-8m per year.

We will probably go after Eric Winston now.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 18, 2013, 09:36:48 AM
NFL.com said

Quote
"The contract is for four years and $34 million, with incentives that could push it to $36 million, according to the source."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 18, 2013, 04:13:38 PM
Interesting update from the Phinsider webpage

"The free agency market for offensive tackles had been blocked by former Miami Dolphins left tackle Jake Long. The 2008 first overall draft choice was the top player at the position this year, and his contract would set the market for the rest of the league. Late last night, Long agreed to a 4-year, $36 million deal with the St. Louis Rams. Now, the Dolphins, and the rest of the league, can start to move on the rest of the market.

Long spent three days with the Rams last week, before returning to Miami on Friday to decide between St. Louis or staying with the Dolphins. In the end, he chose to head to the NFC West for a contract that will pay him a $9 million per season average. The Dolphins were thought to be offering Long between $7-$8 million per year.

Miami has already had discussions with free agent Eric Winston's representatives, prior to Long's deal, and will likely move in that direction fairly quickly. The team could also look to the NFL Draft in April to address the position.
Other tackles on the market looking for deals this offseason include Sebastian Vollmer, Andre Smith, and Jammal Brown. All of them, as well as the other 25 offensive tackles still searching for new teams, will find the market a much easier working environment with Long's deal finally in place.

For the teams, Long's deal also helps with salary cap management. The four time Pro Bowl tackle had been thought to be trying to find a contract paying him at or above the $11 million per year he was making on his rookie deal. Coming in below that will help teams get solid tackles at a reasonable price, rather than having to overpay.

Whatever way you look at it, Long's deal was good for just about everyone.

Well, everyone except Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, who really wanted his offensive line-mate back."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on March 18, 2013, 04:32:44 PM
All these players moving from one team to another make little difference in the end.  The same teams will be at the top, which means, in the AFC East, the Patriots.  The only thing that will make a significant change is injury.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on March 18, 2013, 04:35:35 PM
> Whatever way you look at it, Long's deal was good for just about everyone.

Except normal people.

/end cynicism


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 18, 2013, 09:02:39 PM
Rea all about the Pats and Welker divorce (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/3/18/4120136/robert-kraft-patriots-wes-welker-broncos)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 19, 2013, 09:03:08 AM
Ryan Fitzpatrick signs with Titans, Hasslebeck close to deal with Colts

Via NFL.com (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000151692/article/ryan-fitzpatrick-tennessee-titans-agree-on-contract)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 19, 2013, 06:34:30 PM
If this works then it's cool...

(http://i.imgur.com/pkIHL4e.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on March 19, 2013, 07:09:57 PM
that's cool.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 19, 2013, 10:46:28 PM
Good find James.

The 49ers have signed kicker Phil Dawson


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 20, 2013, 02:10:31 PM
"Former Chiefs/Texans OT Eric Winston is visiting Dolphins today. Deal could happen. Eagles, Pats, Chargers, Cowboys also interested." as per Adam Schefter on Twitter.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 20, 2013, 03:41:10 PM
Dolphins showing interest in Osi Umenyiora too according to:

Eric Winston visiting Miami Dolphins; Osi Umenyiora in play? (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000152221/article/eric-winston-osi-umenyiora-on-miami-dolphins-radar)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 20, 2013, 10:57:34 PM
I saw something which said we had looked at Osi very closely.  Very interested in Grimes too.  We could be setting ourselves up to take a lot of Best Player Available in the draft.

And Urlacher and the Bears cannot agree a new contract.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 20, 2013, 11:17:19 PM
The circus continues

"Rex Ryan says Mark Sanchez will be the New York Jets' starting quarterback for ''the first snap'' in minicamp, but insists there will be an open competition at the position.

The Jets coach says at the NFL meetings Tuesday that the team needs ''to get better'' at the position.'' Sanchez struggled mightily last year, and was benched in favor of third-stringer Greg McElroy for a game.

New York brought in veteran David Garrard to compete with Sanchez for the job, and McElroy, Matt Simms and Tim Tebow are also on the roster. While it's believed the Jets will either trade or release Tebow, Ryan says the popular backup will ''get a chance to compete. We'll see how the offseason plays out, but right now Tim is on our roster.''"


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 20, 2013, 11:44:00 PM
Texans agreed to terms with S Ed Reed, formerly of the Ravens, on a two-year contract.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 21, 2013, 08:49:13 AM
I saw something which said we had looked at Osi very closely.  Very interested in Grimes too.  We could be setting ourselves up to take a lot of Best Player Available in the draft.

And Urlacher and the Bears cannot agree a new contract.

The Bears and Urlacher have parted ways.  The Bears offered a 1 year deal for $2m with $1m guaranteed.  Urlacher and his agent had proposed a 2 year deal which paid a lot more.  They countered the Bears 1 year offer with a 1 year deal for $3.5m but the Bears wouldn't budge.

Quote
Brian Urlacher ‏@BUrlacher54 7h
It was not a negotiation it was an ultimatum. Gonna miss my teammates. http://snip.ps/ultimatum


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 21, 2013, 10:35:52 AM
I'm a bit sad to learn that Danny Woodhead has left the Patriots for the Chargers. The pocket rocket was a worthy asset, I thought.

And that Anquon Boldon Ravens fella has joined the 49ers.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 21, 2013, 04:05:29 PM
The Titans sign Bernard Pollard. No, the Titans don't play the Patriots this year.  ;D

On that note, do the Ravens actually have any players left apart from the highest paid QB ever in FlACKo and Way Wice?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 21, 2013, 05:02:58 PM
Funny you should ask that...here is what Jason Cole has to say on the matter (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--flurry-of-offseason-departures-not-new-to-ravens-063029695.html)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 21, 2013, 11:07:16 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/525045_551132234931548_804114152_n.png)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 22, 2013, 10:11:16 AM
Former Dolphins and 49ers Receiver/ Kick returner Ted Ginn Jr is expected to sign a one year deal with the Panthers

via NFL.com (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000152708/article/report-carolina-panthers-to-sign-wr-ted-ginn-jr)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 22, 2013, 10:34:59 AM
Are they also signing all his family ?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 24, 2013, 09:14:28 PM
Quote
Baltimore Ravens @Ravens
The #Ravens have agreed in principle to a five-year deal with Elvis Dumervil.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 25, 2013, 09:05:04 PM
Anthony Adams retires in a blaze of glory (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/anthony-adams-announces-retirement-sad-yet-hysterical-fashion-152143975--nfl.html)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on March 25, 2013, 09:47:46 PM
I'm sure somebody, somewhere, cried...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 25, 2013, 11:58:32 PM
I think I saw that the Patriots have re-signed Sebastian Vollmer, which is good news.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 26, 2013, 12:14:39 AM
Anthony Adams retires in a blaze of glory (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/anthony-adams-announces-retirement-sad-yet-hysterical-fashion-152143975--nfl.html)

What a guy! The final shot had me laughing out loud.  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 26, 2013, 01:03:33 PM
From The Poke, headline typo of the day...

(http://www.thepoke.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/oJ4iS4w.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 28, 2013, 08:45:25 PM
Former Vikings WR Michael Jenkins reportedly to sign with the New England Patriots.l (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000154926/article/new-england-patriots-reportedly-sign-michael-jenkins?campaign=Twitter_at)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 28, 2013, 09:07:09 PM
NFL draft buzz: 49ers, Dolphins looking to trade up? (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000154928/article/nfl-draft-buzz-49ers-dolphins-looking-to-trade-up)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 28, 2013, 09:09:42 PM
I have not read the article but if it has us trading up for anyone but Milliner then it is wrong.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 28, 2013, 09:15:00 PM
it does:

"
Quote
The former league scout pegged the Dolphins as one of three teams poised to trade up. Miami, in theory, wants to hop in front of the San Diego Chargers at No. 11 for the chance to land one of the draft's top three offensive tackles. "All signs point toward" the Kansas City Chiefs grabbing Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel at No. 1, according to Jeremiah, but that still leaves Central Michigan's Eric Fisher and Oklahoma's Lane Johnson.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 28, 2013, 09:17:13 PM
This article goes into more detail:

2013 NFL Draft trade talk: Dolphins, Vikings, 49ers to move up? (http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/0ap1000000154873/article/2013-nfl-draft-trade-talk-dolphins-vikings-49ers-to-move-up)

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Miami Dolphins: Miami has been one of the most aggressive teams during the offseason. Clearly, the main focus is upgrading the talent around young quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins brought in Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson and Dustin Keller. However, they failed to re-sign Jake Long, their starting left tackle. There are three top-tier LT prospects in this draft: Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson. I don't see any of the three dropping to the Dolphins at No. 12. They could, though, target Fisher with the Eagles' No. 4 pick, or possibly Johnson with the Browns' No. 6 selection. They have plenty of extra picks to make a move happen.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 28, 2013, 09:18:31 PM
It does list Milliner as a player teams could look to trade up for.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 28, 2013, 09:23:22 PM
We drafted our new LT last year...cant remember his name off the top of my head but we will shift him over to the left after playing him on the right last year. He was the LT at college for Andrew Luck. We need something in the secondary from the first round.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 28, 2013, 09:49:03 PM
It also says the 49ers might trade up to get Tavon Austin a WR.

I'm not sure the 49ers will go WR again in the first round as we did that last year and so far I don't think he's caught a pass. They currently have 8 WR on the roster


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 28, 2013, 10:43:21 PM
The media seem to be trying to talk up Tavon Austin


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 28, 2013, 10:56:16 PM
He apparently held a very impressive pro day and was good at the combine


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 29, 2013, 09:13:22 PM
Tony Romo receives six year $108m extension from cowboys  (http://espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/story/_/id/9112658/tony-romo-6-year-deal-dallas-cowboys-sources)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 29, 2013, 09:56:15 PM
They might as well have burnt the money...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 29, 2013, 10:06:46 PM
Giving Romo more money the Flacco is laughable, besides keeping Romo should have been the least of their concerns their roster is a joke nobody expects the cowboys to content any time soon


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 29, 2013, 10:26:26 PM
Breaking down Romo's contract (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000155575/article/tony-romo-uses-his-leverage-on-dallas-cowboys)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on March 29, 2013, 10:58:40 PM
that would fund several local school districts.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 30, 2013, 12:49:29 AM
Could be the most expensive joke ever made.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 30, 2013, 03:51:52 PM
This might be of interest to some here:

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The late NFL coach Vince Lombardi once said, "the spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur." These words accurately sum up the essence of Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin's uplifting documentary. This story isn't just about the game; it's about the lives of the people beyond the pitch.

White, middle-class businessman Bill Courtney is the volunteer coach of the Manassas Tigers, a high-school team that hasn't won a match, let alone a season, in local memory. Almost all of Courtney's time is consumed in attempting to form the disadvantaged, ill-disciplined team of young, black high school kids into a squad the town can be proud to support.

Friendly giant and Left-Tackle, O.C. Brown, the team's star player, struggles to make the grades and find the funds he needs for college. Montrail, aka 'Money', suffers a knee injury that jeopardises his chances of playing in his final season. Lastly, there is the much-troubled Chavis who has just come out of a 15-month stint in a juvenile penitentiary. These three contrasting characters create a round picture of the challenges Courtney faces. With passion and dogged determination, Courtney, along with his fiery pep talks, make for addictive and heart-breaking viewing, as he provides a strong male role model to the three fatherless boys.

At first glance Undefeated is a classic underdog sports story, but there is a more insightful message at its centre; that of the social woes of Manassas, Tennessee - an area that has suffered massive economic hardship and high rates of unemployment, often affecting the black population worst. Honest, blunt interviews with the players expose these problems and are contrasted neatly with scenes of Courtney's work and home life, demonstrating the racial divide that plagues the area, despite Courtney's noble attempts to bridge the gap.

Lindsay and Martin powerfully capture the generosity of spirit that Courtney exudes, absent of the schmaltz of 2009's similarly-themed The Blind Side. Undefeated is a remarkable and moving documentary about true grit and determination.

Film4, Monday 8th April, 22:55.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 30, 2013, 09:53:30 PM
Free Agency Edition (http://profootballmock.com/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-free-agency-edition/)  ;D ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 30, 2013, 09:58:25 PM
I believe Miami have signed Grimes, which probably means BPA once we get to the draft


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on March 31, 2013, 09:49:52 AM
Who cares?  Tonight is the first day of the baseball season. 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on March 31, 2013, 01:47:23 PM
I'm going to have to make an effort and listen to the Radio 5 coverage.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 31, 2013, 05:23:36 PM
Who cares?  Tonight is the first day of the baseball season. 

I'll have to see if there's a game on ESPN tonight that I can record and watch tomorrow seen as though I have the day off :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 31, 2013, 05:39:20 PM
ESPN America has the Rangers v Astros live at 1am.

Funny that it should be that game as it's a matchup I've seen live while I was in Houston in 2003


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 31, 2013, 06:28:11 PM
You want TDs ?  How many do you want ?  48 ?  Let's go old skool - Dan Marino's 1984 season (http://www.thephinsider.com/2013/3/31/4167242/happy-easter-from-the-golden-arm-of-dan-marino)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on March 31, 2013, 06:51:02 PM
Who cares?  Tonight is the first day of the baseball season. 

I'll have to see if there's a game on ESPN tonight that I can record and watch tomorrow seen as though I have the day off :)
There a lot of games on ESPN America tomorrow, which is the opening day for most teams.  MLB have decided to switch Houston to the American League, which means interleague games all the time.  Boo.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 01, 2013, 04:06:31 PM
Seattle Seahawks trade Matt Flynn to Oakland Raiders (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000156329/article/seattle-seahawks-trade-matt-flynn-to-oakland-raiders)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 01, 2013, 05:02:35 PM
The first report I saw of that said it was for 'undisclosed picks' and I was thinking we'll all find out sometime...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 01, 2013, 05:48:05 PM
I feel a little bit sorry for Flynn. He got built up on all this promise by being trained up by Aaron Rodgers at Green Bay, he goes to Seattle as the favourite to start, gets beaten to the post by Russell Wilson, now he's gone to the Raiders (with no real guarantee he'll start there, either), but from what the NFL.com analysts are saying, he'll be wasted at Oakland simply because the rest of the team can give him nothing.

From what I recall, he's a QB with a fair bit of talent, but he needs a team that can exploit that properly.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 01, 2013, 05:49:08 PM
From Twitter:

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RT @Mouse_y: @Americarnage Txs to the latest pod I will now only ever hear the Ryan Bros. voices as gruff Yorkshiremen. Cheers. #brilliant

 ;D  That bit in the latest episode was great.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 01, 2013, 06:26:33 PM
From what I recall, he's a QB with a fair bit of talent

Who knows ?  I think he's started maybe 2 games...  He was unlucky to be injured in pre-season, but there was no guarantee he would have beaten out Wilson anyway.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 01, 2013, 08:35:40 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/480185_555749687803136_1341347514_n.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 01, 2013, 08:38:06 PM
49ers acquired QB Colt McCoy from the Browns in exchange for a late-round draft pick.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 01, 2013, 08:40:38 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/480185_555749687803136_1341347514_n.jpg)

 :D :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 03, 2013, 05:50:57 AM
Nnamdi Asomugha joins Niners (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000156693/article/nnamdi-asomugha-joining-san-francisco-49ers)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 04, 2013, 09:40:33 PM
Various teams' preseason opponents are being announced. The Pats have the Eagles, the Bucs, the Lions and the New Jersey Giants.

What's more interesting, I think, is that Green Bay are gearing up for a revenge match against the Seahawks and the 'Fail Mary' game from last season.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 06, 2013, 12:45:38 AM
The Lions have signed kicker Akers. Oh dear.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on April 07, 2013, 06:00:27 PM
It looks look Gronk may miss the start of next season.

http://nesn.com/2013/04/report-rob-gronkowski-could-miss-beginning-of-season-after-fourth-surgery-to-remove-plate-from-forearm/ (http://nesn.com/2013/04/report-rob-gronkowski-could-miss-beginning-of-season-after-fourth-surgery-to-remove-plate-from-forearm/)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 07, 2013, 08:01:50 PM
It would be unfortunate, but I think Brady has more than enough weapons to utilise besides the behemoth of Gronk, namely TE Hernandez, RB Ridley and WR Wes Welker (Part 2).  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on April 07, 2013, 08:39:10 PM
The Pats need some receivers.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 07, 2013, 09:26:12 PM
I've just had a right laugh looking at the football headlines over on The Onion (http://www.theonion.com/section/nfl/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=standard-post:headline:default).

This one is pure gold. (http://www.theonion.com/articles/dickhead-in-sanchez-jersey-turns-out-to-be-mark-sa,29389/)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 10, 2013, 05:12:00 PM
The Patriots have signed veteren DL Tommy Kelly (formerly of the Raiders), who is billed as another Vince Wilfork and comparable to the Raiders legend Howie Long, so says Bill Belichick.

They are going to re-sign Julian Edelman, which is excellent news.

Also, they have signed Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders to a restricted free agent offer sheet. This gives the Steelers five days to match the offer or lose Sanders to the Pats in exchange for a third-round draft pick. The deal would be for one year, but the word seems to be that this is just to keep him away from other teams and give the Pats the chance to sign him to a longer deal next year. The Steelers apparently might also struggle to match any offer from the Pats as they don't have much cash to play with and it would be a big loss for them. So, I hope we get him.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 10, 2013, 08:14:13 PM
Also, they have signed Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders to a restricted free agent offer sheet. This gives the Steelers five days to match the offer or lose Sanders to the Pats in exchange for a third-round draft pick. The deal would be for one year, but the word seems to be that this is just to keep him away from other teams and give the Pats the chance to sign him to a longer deal next year. The Steelers apparently might also struggle to match any offer from the Pats as they don't have much cash to play with and it would be a big loss for them. So, I hope we get him.  ;D

The Patriots' offer is $2.5m. The Steelers' salary cap space is $1.9m. Devious.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 12, 2013, 07:21:29 AM
49ers give RT Anthony Davis 5 year contract Extension  (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000157682/article/anthony-davis-signs-contract-with-san-francisco-49ers)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 15, 2013, 07:10:55 AM
Also, they have signed Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders to a restricted free agent offer sheet. This gives the Steelers five days to match the offer or lose Sanders to the Pats in exchange for a third-round draft pick. The deal would be for one year, but the word seems to be that this is just to keep him away from other teams and give the Pats the chance to sign him to a longer deal next year. The Steelers apparently might also struggle to match any offer from the Pats as they don't have much cash to play with and it would be a big loss for them. So, I hope we get him.  ;D

The Patriots' offer is $2.5m. The Steelers' salary cap space is $1.9m. Devious.  ;D

Steelers match Patriots offer (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9171365/pittsburgh-steelers-match-new-england-patriots-offer-emmanuel-sanders)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 15, 2013, 02:53:12 PM
Aww...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 16, 2013, 03:29:31 PM
Hernandez Recovering From Surgery (http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/9177518/aaron-hernandez-new-england-patriots-shoulder-surgery)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 16, 2013, 03:35:39 PM
Sunday Night Football will be lacking Faith this season (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000159883/article/faith-hill-stepping-away-from-sunday-night-football)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 16, 2013, 09:48:35 PM
RIP Pat Summerall

Super voice gone: Pat Summerall dead at 82 (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/super-voice-gone-pat-summerall-212454313--nfl.html)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 16, 2013, 10:26:44 PM
 :(

RIP


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 17, 2013, 11:06:32 AM
Very sad.  :(


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on April 17, 2013, 08:06:52 PM
He always did the big games when I was in the US.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 19, 2013, 08:12:24 AM
The full schedule for next season was released last night:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/schedule


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on April 19, 2013, 08:55:23 AM
Giants are away to Cowboys then home for the Broncos. That should get our season off to an interesting start.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: gr8gonzo on April 19, 2013, 10:45:46 PM
Really hoping to get to the Eagles/Bucs game. I strongly dislike Mike Vick AND Coach Schiano, though, so I hope the Bucs D knock Vick out early and his back up then slaughters us. I'll wear attire for both teams to confuse the drunks.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 20, 2013, 06:58:51 AM
 ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 21, 2013, 05:12:50 PM
I'm seeing reports on Twitter that the Jest have traded Revis to the Bucs.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 21, 2013, 05:33:23 PM
He's been given permission to visit Tampa to take a physical:

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000162157/article/jets-bucs-have-parameters-set-for-darrelle-revis-trade


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 21, 2013, 05:34:47 PM
oops didn't see the update at the bottom which says a trade has been agreed,  deal to be finalized tonight or tomorrow


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 22, 2013, 10:09:59 AM
"Trent Dilfer continue to explain why Tony Sparano was such a bad hire for the Jets. "I was like, 'Oh, my gosh, are you kidding me?' You're talking about a defense-centric, offense-minimalizing coach. It made you want to throw up in your mouth.""

 ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 22, 2013, 10:49:36 AM
Yeah, the Jets are an organised, bonded unit this year.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 22, 2013, 10:16:39 PM
This should be posted under what made me smile:

Mark Sanchez booed at Madison Square Gardens (http://helmet2helmet.com/2013/04/20/mark-sanchez-roundly-booed-at-knicks-playoff-game/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Helmet2Helmet+(Helmet2Helmet.com))


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 22, 2013, 10:32:01 PM
 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 24, 2013, 09:19:14 PM
This Leon Washington chap has signed with the Patriots. I have no idea who he is, only that his name has been all over Twitter these last few months, so this can only be... worrying.  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 24, 2013, 09:36:26 PM
This Leon Washington chap has signed with the Patriots. I have no idea who he is, only that his name has been all over Twitter these last few months, so this can only be... worrying.  :D

He's a pretty good kick returner http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgrIFZqRYeM


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 24, 2013, 09:42:09 PM
Oh yeah, I know him! I was thinking of the other Leon - Sandcastle, I think? Whoever that is. I thought Washington seemed too familiar to me. Yeah, good to have him on board.  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 24, 2013, 09:47:45 PM
Campfield ?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on April 25, 2013, 06:17:33 AM
Campfield ?

Now that would be interesting.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on April 25, 2013, 06:26:07 AM
Could be worth a couple of wins just because the oppo can't play with laughter as they watch the new linebacker march purposefully onto the field.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 25, 2013, 08:52:40 AM
If you thought Ray Rice was small...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 12:40:35 AM
Dolphins trade up to no3 to draft Dion Jordon from Oregon


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 01:06:40 AM
Rams trade up to no8 to take Tavon Austin


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 01:18:39 AM
Jets up at no9 take Dee Milliner


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 01:48:14 AM
With their 2nd first round pick at no13 the jets take Sheldon Richardson DT


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 02:06:51 AM
The 1st QB goes to the Bills at 16 who take EJ Manuel


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 02:15:41 AM
49ers trade up to 18 to take Eric Reid Safety from LSU


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 02:47:59 AM
Sharrif Floyd expected by most to go at no3 falls to 23 and the Vikings


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 03:31:40 AM
The Patriots trade their first round pick (29) to the Vikings who've already picked twice in the first round.

Patriots get 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 7th round picks.

Vikings select Cordarrelle Patterson WR


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 26, 2013, 05:39:20 AM
I like the Dolphins pick - he will work very well across from Wake.

I also like that the Jests missed out on Austin  :D  Do they have any sort of offence ?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 26, 2013, 08:54:55 AM
Interesting take from Jason Cole

"New England Patriots – Some people will say that they did a great job of picking up four picks for the No. 29 overall. The problem is that the Patriots really needed an impact wide receiver or an impact safety and passed on guys like Patterson and Matt Elam. Sure, value is important. But when Tom Brady is closing in on the end of his career, getting a couple of impact players who could have immediate impact would have been nice."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 26, 2013, 11:38:03 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BIxd5qKCEAAMfQf.jpg:large)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on April 26, 2013, 11:55:30 AM
Interesting take from Jason Cole

"New England Patriots – Some people will say that they did a great job of picking up four picks for the No. 29 overall. The problem is that the Patriots really needed an impact wide receiver or an impact safety and passed on guys like Patterson and Matt Elam. Sure, value is important. But when Tom Brady is closing in on the end of his career, getting a couple of impact players who could have immediate impact would have been nice."

Whilst the Pats are one of the teams that are capable of winning the Superbowl, they will always have more chance of picking up out of contract players than teams that are not.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 26, 2013, 12:25:36 PM
And if it isn't the Jests, then it's the Cowboys  ;D

"The biggest surprise in a negative sense had to belong to the Dallas Cowboys, who traded down from 18 to San Francisco's former 31st overall pick and took Wisconsin center Travis Frederick -- a player many analysts had with a second-round grade at the highest.

Frederick was among those analysts. He told Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan that he was surprised by the pick because "I thought I was a 2nd round offensive lineman ... I thought somewhere in the second round would be more of a fit for me. I truly didn't expect this."

Cowboys Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones (also known as the son of team owner Jerry Jones) later said that Dallas coveted LSU safety Eric Reid but thought the player was too rich at 18, and the extra third-round pick they acquired in the trade down was more valuable. The younger Jones later insisted that he did better than the trade value chart would imply.

And in a way, that's a balm of security on a draft day in which a lot of things seemed to change at lightning speed -- when the Cowboys are overvaluing their process and wrecking their drafts with the Joneses in charge, it's a reminder that some things never change."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 26, 2013, 01:40:15 PM
Cowboys Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones (also known as the son of team owner Jerry Jones) later said that Dallas coveted LSU safety Eric Reid but thought the player was too rich at 18, and the extra third-round pick they acquired in the trade down was more valuable.

I saw Mike Carlson's reaction to that: "Oh... kay..."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 01:53:55 PM
I thought it was a good move by the 49ers they didn't give up too much given they had plenty of picks to spare one 3rd round picks was a steal to move up from 31 to 18. They filled a need at Safety and this is a player Harbough likes he tried to get him at Stanford but he chose to stay in his home state and went to LSU.

I feel sorry for Dee Milliner going to the Jests.  He's going to be compared straight away to Revis and if he doesn't start well he's going to hear about it straight away playing in New Jersey.  This could wreck his career before it's started.  He's also an injury concern.

That Cowboys pick was a strange one. Watching the draft live you could here Mike Mayock (draft analyst on the tv coverage) going "Oh WOW" if he hadn't have been on live tv it probably would have been WTF.

I was a bit gutted the Rams got Tavon Austin. Not sure I want my team playing against him twice a year for the foreseeable future.  Here's hoping he's over rated ;D

Not surprised at all at the Patriots trading out of the 1st round it's classic Belichick.  I was surprised about the Vikings trading back into the first round to pick for a third time.  I guess the cap on rookie salary's makes it a more viable option but still they must have plenty of cap space.

What is wrong with Shariff Floyd that saw him drop all the way to 23 when most draft boards had him going at no 3 or at least top 5?

I'm not at all surprised that Manti Teo didn't get picked you could see Mike Mayock getting more annoyed every time Rich Eisen brought up his name, he was sick of hearing about him when Mayock obviously correctly thought that he wasn't going to get picked in the first round.

Poor Geno Smith only one QB taken in the first round and it wasn't him.  Had to sit there in the green room and smile for the camera's as the picks came and went and it became obvious that none of the teams left were going to take a QB.

No Running Backs taken in the first round this year.

Jags pick first in the 2nd round with 49ers  thanks to the Alex Smith trade picking at no2.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 26, 2013, 02:24:04 PM
Floyd has short arms.

It was a good move for the 49ers.  They have too many picks this year, and I would not be surprised to see them try to trade some for next year.

It turns out Milliner has had 5 surgeries over the last year, which is why I suspect the Dolphins left him alone when they traded up.

The cap space required to take on a bunch of rookies is almost minimal now.

The 2nd round could prove to be a lot more interesting.  I think what the first round and the trading shows is that there is not much elite talent in this draft.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 02:28:44 PM
NFL QB's on FB DRAFT EDITION (http://profootballmock.com/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-draft-valry/)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 26, 2013, 02:48:42 PM
Dolphins, Patriots and Jests fans Like this  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 26, 2013, 03:38:59 PM
I want a shirt that says "I'M PAYTON GODDAMN MANNING" on it.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 08:51:50 PM
Quote
Chase Stuart @fbgchase
The Jets could really do a lot to take the pressure off Dee Milliner by drafting Geno Smith and having the media hate him, instead.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 26, 2013, 09:05:28 PM
http://nesn.com/2013/04/jets-fan-hilariously-sums-up-jets-draft-history-with-angry-we-suck-chant-after-first-round-pick-video/

And they are being Mocked to pick Geno Smith in the 2nd...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 09:38:03 PM
Packers Extend Rodgers Contract (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9215794/green-bay-packers-sign-aaron-rodgers-five-year-110-million-contract-extension-according-source)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 26, 2013, 09:38:51 PM
http://nesn.com/2013/04/jets-fan-hilariously-sums-up-jets-draft-history-with-angry-we-suck-chant-after-first-round-pick-video/

And they are being Mocked to pick Geno Smith in the 2nd...

Nice use of the word "mocked" there.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 26, 2013, 09:42:47 PM
Packers Extend Rodgers Contract (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9215794/green-bay-packers-sign-aaron-rodgers-five-year-110-million-contract-extension-according-source)

I feel a little sorry for Flacco. I mean, he wins the Super Bowl, is chosen as the MVP and lands the biggest QB deal in NFL history... until now. And he was overshadowed a bit by that laughable amount Tony Romo is going to get, too. It was all he had going for him heading into this new season, what with his team losing almost every single player to free agency scavengers, and now he hasn't even got the biggest paycheck for stupid money.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 26, 2013, 09:43:16 PM
...Actually, I don't feel sorry for him at all, the weird eye-liner wearing goon.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 10:53:05 PM
As I thought they might the 49ers trade the 2nd pick in rd two to the titans for r2p8 , 7 rd pick and 3rd rd pick in 2014


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 10:53:56 PM
Jags took safety John Cyprien.

Titans took WR Justin Hunter

Eagles took TE Zach Ertz


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 10:56:03 PM
Lions take CB Darius Slay


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 11:00:10 PM
with the 37th pick overall the Bengals select Giovani Bernard, and he's the first RB selected


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 11:03:29 PM
Chargers trade up from 45 to 38 to select Manti Te'o

Chargers gave a 4th rd pick (110 overall) to the Cardinals


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 11:08:20 PM
The Jests at pick 39 select QB Geno Smith  :D :D :D

OMG how much of a mess are the Jests in


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 26, 2013, 11:15:18 PM
Wow.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 11:16:29 PM
With the 40th pick the 49ers select Tank Carradine DE


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 11:18:34 PM
with the 41st pick the Bills select Robert Woods WR USC


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 11:24:56 PM
With the 42nd pick the Raiders select Menelik Watson OT


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 11:26:29 PM
with the 43rd pick the Buccs select Johnthan Banks CB


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 26, 2013, 11:31:50 PM
With the 40th pick the 49ers select Tank Carradine DE

A DE called Tank? Now that's cool.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 11:32:35 PM
with the 44th pick the Panthers select Kawann short DT


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 11:33:43 PM
With the 40th pick the 49ers select Tank Carradine DE

A DE called Tank? Now that's cool.

Not his given name I think Cornellius Carradine, but the TV caption called him Tank


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 26, 2013, 11:34:24 PM
with the 45th pick the Cardinals select Kevin Minter LB LSU


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 26, 2013, 11:36:31 PM
Mike, you're taking the cut and paste strategem to new levels.  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 27, 2013, 12:04:59 AM
took a break .

Dolphins select CB Jamar Taylor with pick 54

49ers have traded up from 61 to 55


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 27, 2013, 12:10:12 AM
with the 55th pick the 49ers select Vance McDonald from Rice

by the way I've typed that out everytime why didn't I think of copy and paste :D

I'm going to bed now


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 27, 2013, 12:15:39 AM
The Ravens have just drafted Arthur Brown. It's a Crazy World indeed.  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 27, 2013, 12:27:48 AM
The Patriots tonight have got OLB Jamie Collins and WR Aaron Dobson.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 27, 2013, 05:55:37 AM
The Jests at pick 39 select QB Geno Smith  :D :D :D

OMG how much of a mess are the Jests in

It's like they read everything that is taking the p155, and decide it is a strategy...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 27, 2013, 04:29:01 PM
Jets have 6 QBs

Sanchez
Smith
Tebow
Garrard
McElroy
Sims


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 27, 2013, 04:48:18 PM
Jets have 6 QBs

Sanchez
Smith
Tebow
Garrard
McElroy
Sims

I think it's like Mouse said on twitter their planning on playing a QB in every position :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 27, 2013, 05:42:15 PM
4th round opened with the Eagles trading up to take QB Matt Barkley.

Patriots picked WR Josh Boyce.

Dolphins picked OLB Jelani Jenkins and TE Dion Sims

49ers picked WR Quinton Patten and RB Marcus Lattimore



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 27, 2013, 05:59:31 PM
Another interesting pick is QB Ryan Nassib who was being talking about with Geno Smith and EJ Manuel in the 1st round he ended up falling to the 4th and was picked up by the Giants with pick 110


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 27, 2013, 06:09:58 PM
None of the QBs are that good this year.  I would be surprised to see any of them become starting QBs in the league on a long-term basis.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 27, 2013, 06:15:35 PM
Geno Smith could start for the Jests but starting for the Jests isn't exactly an indication that you could start anywhere else


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 27, 2013, 06:24:34 PM
The Jests have woken up and realised they need offensive linemen and have used their last two picks on a Guard and Tackle


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 27, 2013, 07:01:44 PM
"Raiders select another rookie QB named Wilson to compete with Matt Flynn in camp.

    — Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) April 27, 2013"

 ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 27, 2013, 09:36:54 PM
""I'm proud to be a Jet, we're coming in and we're going to the playoffs next year," Geno Smith told NFL Network."

 ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 27, 2013, 09:40:44 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/72807_566616213383150_1903736885_n.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 27, 2013, 11:31:20 PM
The last player selected in the draft is Justice Cunningham TE selected with the 254th pick by the Colts


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 28, 2013, 08:14:18 AM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/310075_566698190041619_443791608_n.png)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 28, 2013, 03:40:18 PM
Undrafted Brit Lawrence Okoye signs free agent deal with 49ers (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000164897/article/lawrence-okoye-to-49ers-leads-freeagent-rookie-deals)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 28, 2013, 03:45:46 PM
Harbaugh has so got a man crush on him.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 28, 2013, 03:58:53 PM
He's reporting that he's going to sign a 3-year contract.

Not only has he never played the game, he clearly does not understand how things work with free agents...if he is really lucky he'll make the practice squad for a year, and they will see if they can teach him something which everyone else around him has been learning for about 10 years...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 28, 2013, 04:14:15 PM
49ers don't have much space on their roster.  Am I right in thinking that if he's on the practice squad he can be claimed by any other NFL team to their active roster?

Although who would risk adding an unproven player like him to their active roster


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 28, 2013, 04:34:15 PM
At the very least there is a period from when a player is placed on the practice squad in which he can be claimed by other teams.

So many of these UDFAs won't make it past the first cut at camp.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 28, 2013, 09:26:30 PM
Full list of Undrafted rookie free agents signed by teams (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000164809/article/undrafted-rookie-free-agents-for-all-32-nfl-teams)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 28, 2013, 09:49:27 PM
That's a very handy link.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 28, 2013, 09:52:03 PM
I read today that list can change quite a lot because the UDFAs can change their mind up to the point when they turn up.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on April 28, 2013, 11:36:33 PM
I read the news today, oh boy.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 29, 2013, 11:42:00 AM
NFL Draft Trade Tracker (http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/0ap1000000161121/article/2013-nfl-draft-trade-tracker-details-of-all-the-moves)

A look at all the deals that were struck for Draft picks,  start at the bottom of the page and scroll up to view them in order


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 29, 2013, 12:28:17 PM
BREAKING NEWS:

The Jests release Tim Tebow (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000165204/article/tim-tebow-released-by-new-york-jets)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 29, 2013, 12:37:22 PM
To be honest, he may actually be better than some of the QBs selected in the draft.  The Jests have treated him very badly.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 29, 2013, 01:12:06 PM
I think it's terrible the way the Jest treated him. They brought him in, messed him around, didn't even give him a chance after the embarrassment Sanchez turned out to be, didn't utilise him in any way and pretty much wrecked any prospects for him going on to be QB elsewhere. OK, I know he's not the best player out there, but they could've used him in much more effective manners and then they've might've actually got somewhere. Instead, they turned themselves into a laughing stock and pulled Tebow down with them. I do hope a team somewhere finds good use for him, because he's got some potential, albeit probably not at QB.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 29, 2013, 01:26:07 PM
It would have been a good gesture to have released him before the draft - now teams feel like they have filled their needs...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 29, 2013, 02:23:13 PM
Exactly. Was there any good reason for keeping him on until the Draft was over? No. So they screwed him over there, too.

Anyway, here are six possible landing spots for Tebow (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000165210/article/six-possible-landing-spots-for-tim-tebow?campaign=Twitter_atl_sessler).


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on April 29, 2013, 04:59:13 PM
He might be better in Canada.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on April 29, 2013, 07:19:01 PM
A quick look at The Onion's coverage of Tebow. (http://www.theonion.com/articles/the-legend-grows-onion-sports-coverage-of-tim-tebo,32242/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=standard-post:headline:default#1)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on April 30, 2013, 03:18:06 PM
A good summary of how Rex Ryan created a lousy work environment for Tim Tebow:

Rex should be red-faced over Tebow (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/9224474/new-york-jets-tim-tebow-gone-rex-ryan-embarrassed)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on April 30, 2013, 03:23:30 PM
There is a similar article on Yahoo Sports (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--why-did-the-jets-want-tim-tebow-in-the-first-place--152540803.html)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on May 01, 2013, 10:09:09 AM
San Francisco: Niners fourth-round pick Quinton Patton of Louisiana Tech, a wide receiver, had 2,594 yards receiving in the last two seasons. Patton had more receiving yards in the last two years than Tavon Austin, DeAndre Hopkins or Cordarrelle Patterson, the receivers chosen in the first round, and twice the receiving yardage of Justin Hunter, first receiver chosen in the second round.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on May 01, 2013, 10:10:02 AM
Miami: The Genetically Engineered Surimi traded first- and second-round choices to move up to select Dion Jordan, a pass-rush specialist who played fewer than 50 percent of defensive snaps at Oregon. (Coach's decision, not owing to injuries.) Such an investment in a part-time player is hard to fathom. The Dolphins entered the draft with extra mid-round choices; it was as if the extra choices were burning a hole in general manager Jeff Ireland's pocket, he just had to get rid of them.

The Dolphins got Jordan by trading up to the third selection; presumably they were trying to get ahead of Philadelphia, picking fourth and now run by Chip Kelly, Jordan's coach with the Ducks. But if Jordan is so great, why didn't Kelly have him on the field more often? It seems unlikely Kelly would have kicked off his first NFL draft by picking a guy that he himself kept on the bench half the time.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on May 01, 2013, 10:10:35 AM
New England: In the team's big free agency move, the Flying Elvii preferred Danny Amendola to Wes Welker. Even though both Welker and Amendola are undrafted free agents from Texas Tech, expect the football gods to wax wroth.

Welker's 672 receptions in just six seasons at New England is not only the franchise's all-time best -- that number of catches would represent the all-time career record for 14 of the league's 32 teams: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, City of Tampa, Cleveland, Detroit, Jersey/A, Jersey/B, Miami, New England, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Diego and Tennessee. Welker's 7,459 yards receiving at New England would be the record for three NFL teams: Baltimore, Chicago and City of Tampa. And his 37 touchdown receptions would be the career record for the Buccaneers.

Amendola is younger -- in a few years he may still be playing, while Welker is not. Still, to tell one of a team's all-time most productive players to hit the road is vexing. TMQ perceives the sinister hidden hand of Bill Belichick, who may think that in his offense, anybody playing slot receiver role will catch 100 passes. Belichick may tell himself, "Last season I paid this guy $9 million to do nothing but run short curls, and he thanked me by whining to the media. No matter who I plug into the slot role, the result will be the same."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on May 01, 2013, 10:14:18 AM
Jersey/A: The Jets took quarterback Geno Smith, the Giants took quarterback Ryan Nassib. How long until they square off against each other on the joint Jets-Giants field? In college, Nassib was 3-0 versus Smith.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on May 01, 2013, 10:14:40 AM
Jersey/B: Netting the Buccaneers deal and draft-day decisions, the Jets traded Darrelle Revis, one of the league's best players and in his prime, for the No. 13 overall pick (which the Jets used to select defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson) and a conditional mid-round 2014 pick. Richardson is a speculative choice who was only at the big-college level for two years, and there was once suspended. He and a conditional future pick are better than one of the league's top players in his prime? In 2003, the Jets used the fourth pick of the draft on Dewayne Robertson, who like Richardson had great potential but hadn't done much: Robertson became a bust. Unless Richardson becomes a star, the Revis trade will rank as among the NFL's worst ever.

Last season, the Jets' brain trust ensured organizational dysfunction by creating the Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow mess. Now that organizational dysfunction for the coming season is ensured by the Sanchez-Geno Smith mess, Jersey/B has waived Tebow. He wanted to entertain the crowd and win games -- get that bum outta here! Perhaps Tebow can join the Los Angeles Lakers.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on May 01, 2013, 11:10:47 AM
Miami: The Genetically Engineered Surimi traded first- and second-round choices to move up to select Dion Jordan, a pass-rush specialist who played fewer than 50 percent of defensive snaps at Oregon. (Coach's decision, not owing to injuries.) Such an investment in a part-time player is hard to fathom. The Dolphins entered the draft with extra mid-round choices; it was as if the extra choices were burning a hole in general manager Jeff Ireland's pocket, he just had to get rid of them.

The Dolphins got Jordan by trading up to the third selection; presumably they were trying to get ahead of Philadelphia, picking fourth and now run by Chip Kelly, Jordan's coach with the Ducks. But if Jordan is so great, why didn't Kelly have him on the field more often? It seems unlikely Kelly would have kicked off his first NFL draft by picking a guy that he himself kept on the bench half the time.

Where is that from ?

Each draft pick has a value assigned to it by NFL teams.  The value of the number 3 pick is greater than the value of the two picks the Dolphins traded for it. 

Pretty much all Mocks had Jordan going before the Dolphins were due to draft at 12.  Jordan also topped most Big Boards at the pass rusher position.

The consensus appears to be that the Dolphins got a very good player who could very easily turn out to be elite.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on May 01, 2013, 11:20:20 AM
All were quotes from

Tuesday Morning Quaterback on ESPN.com (http://espn.go.com/espn/playbook/story/_/id/9222713/tmq-celebrates-everyman-epic-eric-fisher-rise-no-1-nfl-draft)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on May 01, 2013, 11:26:45 AM
Just a quick glance throws up many more questionable opinions...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on May 01, 2013, 12:23:14 PM
Geno Smith fires his agent, which is a pretty good indication he will be a perfect fit for the Jests (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/falling-round-1-jets-rookie-quarterback-geno-smith-171942405.html)

 ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on May 01, 2013, 12:30:20 PM
I liked this quote from the ESPN article on that:

Quote
The firing of his agents, coupled with his threat to leave the draft after the first day, has raised questions about his maturity.

"One of his perceived weaknesses was working through adversity," a personnel executive said Tuesday, speaking on the condition of anonymity.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on May 01, 2013, 12:41:08 PM
His view of his own world really does beggar belief...

"Manish Mehta
‏@MMehtaNYDN 20h
How about this: Geno Smith thought he would be & should be the No. 1 overall pick, I'm told. That's why he fired his agents."

Not one Mock Draft had him going as the No. 1 pick.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on May 01, 2013, 01:08:23 PM
His view of his own world really does beggar belief...

"Manish Mehta
‏@MMehtaNYDN 20h
How about this: Geno Smith thought he would be & should be the No. 1 overall pick, I'm told. That's why he fired his agents."

Not one Mock Draft had him going as the No. 1 pick.

You have to wonder who gave him that impression and what evidence he had to think he'd be going no1?

As you say not one Mock Draft had him going at no1.  He seemed to be most surprised that he didn't go in the first round.  He obviously doesn't read the press or check sports websites because nobody thought very highly of the QB class this year so I for one and many others were not at all surprised to see only one QB selected in the first round ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on May 02, 2013, 08:59:00 AM
Interesting insights on Geno (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--geno-smith-s-firing-of-agents--pre-draft-actions-shed-light-on-why-qb-dropped-183846651.html)

Oh, this kid is gonna crash and burn !


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on May 03, 2013, 11:21:02 AM
With this years draft barely over their already talking about next years and Johnny Manziel (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9234917/johnny-football-nfl-prospects)

I expect the hype around this kid to get enormous before next years draft and I wonder if we'll see a team tank badly like the Colts did to get Luck ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on May 03, 2013, 11:28:29 AM
Some thoughts on the draft here (http://www.nfluk.com/opinions/articles/friday-monthly-tight-end) from Mike Carlson.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on May 03, 2013, 01:16:05 PM
With this years draft barely over their already talking about next years and Johnny Manziel (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9234917/johnny-football-nfl-prospects)

I expect the hype around this kid to get enormous before next years draft and I wonder if we'll see a team tank badly like the Colts did to get Luck ;)

I doubt it, because most people in the know are suggesting he won't hack it in the NFL.  However, a team could tank for Teddy Bridgewater...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on May 04, 2013, 07:52:43 PM
The Packers' take on May the 4th:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BJb99KTCAAEe85t.jpg:large)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on May 05, 2013, 11:17:07 PM
Quote
The Miami Dolphins likely lost their shot at hosting Super Bowl L when Florida lawmakers opted not to approve a deal that would publicly fund improvements to aging Sun Life Stadium.

Could the consequences be even greater?

Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said Sunday on Miami's CBS affiliate that the Dolphins will not provide any upgrades to Sun Life Stadium without the help of public funding. The team has cancelled all renovation plans and says stadium improvements cannot be made without public-private partnership.

Dee left the door open that the stadium issue could lead to the Dolphins' eventual exit from southern Florida.

"The Dolphins are one of the only franchises in the NFL that don't have a long-term lease with their community," Dee said, according to The Palm Beach Post. "At some point, somebody's going to buy the franchise from (Dolphins owner Stephen Ross), and clearly the stadium is the first thing they would need to address."

Dee focused his ire on Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, who chose not bring the stadium bill to a vote before the legislative session concluded Friday. That kept the decision out of the hands of voters in Miami-Dade County.

Said Dee of Weatherford: "At the end of the day, this abuse of power, I believe, will follow his career for a long time."

Ross has said he doesn't plan on selling the team in the immediate future. Still, egos have been bruised in Miami. This story isn't going away.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on May 05, 2013, 11:33:02 PM
It isn't just that they did not approve it, but that they did not even debate it after it had been passed by the Senate.  The Dolphins believe that Norman Braman, former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, has agreed to help Weatherford with his wider political aspirations, and this is what Weatherford had to give in return.  It is worth noting that Braman has previously taken Florida public money to help his car dealership.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on May 05, 2013, 11:36:40 PM
oh, I'm not even going to start.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on May 05, 2013, 11:44:16 PM
Braman? A man who wears a bra? Rubbish superhero.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on May 08, 2013, 03:35:24 PM
The Boston Herald are reporting that Gronkowski will need a fourth operation on his forearm.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on May 14, 2013, 02:59:05 PM
Quote
Andrew Luck is returning to London, the city he partly grew up in, and you can spend an evening with him on Friday May 24.


NFLUK will be staging another one of our popular Fan Nights with the Indianapolis Colts quarterback and number one pick in the 2012 Draft at 8.00 p.m. at the Mermaid Conference and Events Centre, Puddle Dock, Blackfriars, London, EC4V 3BD.

The evening will be hosted by Sky Sports presenter Neil Reynolds and will offer plenty of opportunity for fans to ask Andrew about life in the NFL, his Pro Bowl rookie year, hopes for the new season or even what he remembers from his years spent living and going to school in London.

To apply for a place in the audience please click here (http://www.nfluk.com/content/andrew-luck-fan-evening?utm_campaign=May+14+-+Andrew+Luck&utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on May 14, 2013, 03:14:19 PM
So...Andrew Luck or Rush at the O2...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on May 16, 2013, 09:00:57 PM
"Linebacker Rolando McClain, 23, has gotten married, been arrested twice, been cut by the lowly Oakland Raiders, then signed by the champion Baltimore Ravens and has now retired.

That's a busy life for most people. McClain has managed to do all of that since the beginning of January.

On Wednesday, one of the more bizarre careers in NFL history ended, at least for now, with McClain telling Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome that he was done.  "Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL," Newsome said in a release from the Ravens."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on May 16, 2013, 09:13:40 PM
Maybe he should get a job as a postman if he does his rounds that quickly.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on May 17, 2013, 10:01:08 PM
The Jests drafted some high calibre guys  ::) :D

"Late last month, New York Jets second-round quarterback Geno Smith fired his agents after falling out of Round 1 in the 2013 NFL draft. Smith is expected to announce a decision on a new agent soon — the favorite is Jay-Z's "Roc Nation" sports agency — but he won't be the only Jets draft pick to change agents after being selected slightly later than expected.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Jets first-round pick Dee Milliner has fired Impact Sports after he was not selected with one of the first five picks in the 2013 NFL draft. Milliner "tumbled" all the way to the ninth overall pick in the draft."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on May 21, 2013, 07:59:11 PM
Superbowl L (50) will be held at the 49ers new stadium in Santa Clara


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on May 21, 2013, 08:12:45 PM
You can thank the Miami legislature for that  ::) :P


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on May 22, 2013, 02:44:53 PM
Will never get old...

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/969920_577563338955104_1758738768_n.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on May 22, 2013, 03:34:00 PM
Brian Urlacher is retiring. So that's the Bears done, then.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on May 22, 2013, 08:33:46 PM
Mark Sanchez went 6-of-11 with three interceptions in Jets OTAs Wednesday.

One pass was picked off by UDFA DT Damon "Big Snacks" Harrison. Geno Smith wasn't much better, going 4-of-10 with a pick of his own. Coach Rex Ryan called Sanchez's display "unacceptable."

 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on May 22, 2013, 09:31:20 PM
That's funny, because he'd been accepting it all througout last season.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on May 22, 2013, 09:33:06 PM
49ers' Michael Crabtree tears Achilles tendon, out for 6 months. (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000205422/article/michael-crabtree-tears-achilles-during-49ers-otas) Ouch.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on May 22, 2013, 09:36:38 PM
49ers' Michael Crabtree tears Achilles tendon, out for 6 months. (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000205422/article/michael-crabtree-tears-achilles-during-49ers-otas) Ouch.

Nooo I heard he was injured didn't know it was that bad >:(


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on May 26, 2013, 10:05:57 PM
Nice article on Geno Smith's change of agent (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/geno-smith-signing-jay-z-roc-nation-agency-133525207.html;_ylt=Av.HAgp9rrv_EFTzdmf5FngmYsp_;_ylu=X3oDMTRxYXVmaTY2BGNjb2RlA3ZzaGFyZWFnMnVwcmVzdARtaXQDTWl4ZWQgTGlzdCBOZXdzIEZvciBZb3UEcGtnAzVhNjQwNmQ5LTZhZGQtMzlkZS04OGQ4LWY1ZWI3MzkyNGNmMwRwb3MDNQRzZWMDbmV3c19mb3JfeW91BHZlcgNjNjhkZWE3MC1jNjMyLTExZTItYTdhNC00ZmUyZTdlMDliNmM-;_ylg=X3oDMTBhYWM1a2sxBGxhbmcDZW4tVVM-;_ylv=3)

You've gotta think the Jests struck lucky with this one  ::)

 ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on May 28, 2013, 11:42:26 AM
Sanchez is something of a cottage industry in these things

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/946955_580337198677718_2088240794_n.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on May 28, 2013, 09:21:12 PM
Near $10k for a Sanchez interception.  Someone much be rich.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on June 06, 2013, 10:17:24 PM
"New Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller probably doesn’t need any extra motivation heading into a pair of December games against his former team, but the Jets’ Quinton Coples might have provided it.  Coples, the 16th pick in last year’s draft who is transitioning from defensive end to outside linebacker this season, told The New York Daily News that he’ll have no problems covering Keller.  “Dustin Keller? I wouldn’t let him get off the line,” Coples said. “That’s the best way to cover, ain’t it?”  Coples didn’t stop at Keller, saying he can also stop Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski. Coples was slightly more modest when it came to Gronk.  “Just don’t let him get off the line,” Coples told The Daily News. “I won’t just be one-on-one with him, I’ll have help.”"

 ::)

 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on June 09, 2013, 05:18:41 PM
You could not make it up when it comes to the Jests selection policy...

"Tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr. is heading to the New York Jets, at least for a tryout, according to a report from the Associated Press. Winslow will meet with the team during their minicamp this week.

Winslow began his career with the Cleveland Browns, being selected with the sixth overall pick in 2004. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007, then talked his way out of Cleveland, particularly after suffering a staph infection he blamed on the team. After Cleveland, Winslow spent three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks.  The Seahawks released him less than four months later, after he refused to reduce his salary. He joined the New England Patriots two weeks later, appeared in one game, then asked to be released."

 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on June 09, 2013, 08:16:21 PM
It looks like he wants to be the first person to play for every team.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on June 10, 2013, 09:18:54 PM
Reports say Tebow to Patriots. (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000210586/article/tim-tebow-to-new-england-patriots?campaign=Twitter_news)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on June 10, 2013, 09:21:02 PM
 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on June 10, 2013, 09:42:21 PM
Now we know who's going to replace Brady in three years.  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on June 10, 2013, 10:34:12 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/994273_587087394669365_1518935610_n.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on June 11, 2013, 01:25:12 AM
heh


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on June 11, 2013, 06:31:37 AM
Now we know who's going to replace Brady in three years.  ;)
Oh?  So who's that then?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on June 11, 2013, 08:52:42 AM
Now we know who's going to replace Brady in three years.  ;)
Oh?  So who's that then?
The number 1 pick from the 2014 draft if Brady gets injured this pre-season...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on June 11, 2013, 10:22:25 AM
Now we know who's going to replace Brady in three years.  ;)
Oh?  So who's that then?
The number 1 pick from the 2014 draft if Brady gets injured this pre-season...

That sounds like you have a plan. If that happens, I will hold you responsible.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on June 11, 2013, 10:23:29 AM
Six reasons why Belichick will sign Tebow. (http://tinyurl.com/pzgda3b)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on June 11, 2013, 10:29:26 AM
All of which explains why so many experts over the past few months have been saying that the Pats would be in for Tebow...

 ::)

 ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on June 11, 2013, 07:24:12 PM
Understated

(http://cdn3.sbnation.com/fan_shot_images/295113/Fox_Sports.png)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on June 11, 2013, 08:08:19 PM
Well certainly understated for an American publication anyway.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on June 11, 2013, 08:43:47 PM
 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on June 11, 2013, 09:52:21 PM
"The New England Patriots are doing their best to quell the media circus that followed Tim Tebow into his first practice with the club.

Tebow offically signed a reported two-year deal with the Patriots and joined the club for mini-camp practice on Tuesday.  The quarterback gave a statement to reporters following his first work with the club, but took no questions from reporters. Tebow said he was "very thankful" for the chance to sign with the Patriots. You can view Tebow's statement on the Patriots' website.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was his usual self in talking about the Tebow situation, handling it much like he has hundreds of other topics that could be potentially distracting to the team.  "Anything we do is what we feel is in the best interests of the team. Tim is a talented player that is smart and works hard. We’ll see how it goes," Belichick said, answering the first question about Tebow and then offering a similar version of that quote regarding nearly every other Tebow question.

He finally tired of answering Tebow questions and asked the media to change the subject."

 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on June 12, 2013, 06:14:27 AM
I'm not surprised.  The media frenzy around Mr Tebow is stupid.  Even by American standards.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on June 19, 2013, 08:48:21 AM
Gronkowski undergoes back surgery (http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/9400603/rob-gronkowski-new-england-patriots-undergoes-back-surgery)

Aaron Hernandez home searched by police in connection with homicide (http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/9400650/aaron-hernandez-new-england-patriots-questioned-homicide-probe-report)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on June 19, 2013, 10:38:02 AM
Has Darth Hoodie lost his power ?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on June 19, 2013, 01:48:53 PM
Has Darth Hoodie lost his power ?

Tebow to Darth Hoodie "  I know there is good in you."  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on June 21, 2013, 05:57:16 AM
James Gandolfini Dead, Tony Sparano Alive and Well (http://www.canalstreetchronicles.com/2013/6/20/4447526/james-gandolfini-dead-tony-soprano)

 ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on June 21, 2013, 01:00:40 PM
Wow. And that last tweet is amazing.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on June 21, 2013, 10:20:22 PM
The Hernandez story goes from bad to worse:

Police expected to issue arrest warrant (http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/9409826/police-expected-issue-arrest-warrant-aaron-hernandez-new-england-patriots-reports-abc-news)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on June 26, 2013, 02:23:37 PM
Hernandez taken into custody. Patriots have released him. Bloody hell.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on June 26, 2013, 02:38:59 PM
Quote
The New England Patriots issued the following statement: “A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on June 26, 2013, 03:06:43 PM
Was just about to post the link to the story on ESPN (http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/9424056/aaron-hernandez-new-england-patriots-arrested)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on June 26, 2013, 06:10:02 PM
The Browns release rookie Ausar Walcott, who has been charged with attempted murder.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on June 26, 2013, 06:45:50 PM
Hernandez charged with murder, according to Breaking news on twitter but I'll look for a link to verify


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on June 26, 2013, 06:48:48 PM
Quote
BREAKING NEWS: Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been charged with murder and several other counts related to the illegal possession of guns and obstruction of justice.

From http://live.boston.com/Event/Aaron_Hernandez_arrest_updates

Live updates from his arraignment hearing


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on June 26, 2013, 07:07:07 PM
Here's the article on the NFL website (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000214854/article/aaron-hernandez-exnew-england-patriot-arrested?campaign=Twitter_atl_rosenthal). I hope justice gets done.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on June 26, 2013, 07:14:50 PM
Judge orders him to be held without bail


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on June 27, 2013, 10:11:34 PM
"The Boston Globe's Ben Volin this morning confirmed that the former Patriots tight end is now being investigated in connection with a July 2012 double murder that occurred in Boston. The news of the investigation comes just one day after Hernandez was charged with the first-degree murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player.

According to ProFootballTalk, the incident report states that local police found three shooting victims at the intersection of Shawmut Avenue and Herald Street in Boston at 2 a.m. on July 16, 2012. Two of the victims, Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu, died. Per the report, witnesses said persons in a gray or silver SUV with Rhode Island license plates opened fire.

In addition to first-degree murder, Hernandez was also charged with one count of carrying a firearm without a license, two counts of possessing a large-capacity firearm, and two counts of possessing a firearm without a firearm ID card."

 :o


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on June 27, 2013, 10:29:03 PM
Christ on a bendy bus.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on July 03, 2013, 08:20:38 PM
The Patriots have revealed a new logo:

(http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/photo/2013/07/03/0ap1000000216087.jpg)

Old one on left, new on right. I like it. It bears a close resemblance to the style of the Red Sox one.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on July 09, 2013, 11:26:09 AM
Quote
NFL fans usually are fans for life. This even can include the afterlife.

Scott E. Entsminger, 55, of Mansfield, Ohio passed away on July 4. We'll include one of his dying wishes from his obituary in the Columbus Dispatch below:

"A lifelong Cleveland Browns fan and season ticket holder, he also wrote a song each year and sent it to the Cleveland Browns as well as offering other advice on how to run the team. He respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time," it reads, via CBSSports.com.

When the Browns heard about Entsminger's request, they contacted his widow, Pat, and found out that his favorite player was Hall of Famer Lou Groza, Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert told The Associated Press. The team will present a Groza No. 76 jersey with Entsminger's name on the back to the family Tuesday.

So well done, Mr. Entsminger. May you rest in peace. (Although we'd suggest not asking Greg Little to handle the duties because he might drop it.)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on July 09, 2013, 11:45:45 AM
 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on July 15, 2013, 09:54:08 PM
"We already know the New York Jets have struggled to develop quarterbacks.

At least drafting Geno Smith in the second round was a chance for the Jets to hit the reset button. Maybe mold the quarterback who looked so good at times at West Virginia into a player they could build around. Learn from their mistakes and do it the right way with Smith.

But no, this is the Jets. They apparently figure that Smith might work well as a "change-of-pace" quarterback as a rookie. Because they used Tim Tebow so well in that role last season.

It's almost like the Jets are actively trying to screw up the process of developing a quarterback.

As you read this tidbit from ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini, it's practically impossible to not shake your head while you do so:

    "The coaches are toying with the idea of turning Smith into what Tebow was supposed to be last season -- a change-of-pace quarterback (assuming he doesn't win the starting job). Smith would have a package of plays, mainly read-option runs that could exploit his speed," Cimini wrote.

What??? The only appropriate response to this is: No, no, no. A thousand times no. Someone please step in and stop this.

Smith is not a runner. That's not a small thing, when your plan is to use him as a runner. He rushed for 342 yards on 245 college carries. Yes, Jets, that 1.4-yard average screams "change-of-pace read-option quarterback," but resist the temptation.

Not only would this use Smith completely out of position (he was a pocket passer who threw for 73 touchdowns the last two seasons and ran for four), but it stunts his growth. Having Smith learn to run a package of read-option plays just to get him on the field as a gimmick would take up a huge part of his rookie season. When he should be, you know, learning to play quarterback in the NFL.

The best coaching staffs understand their players' strengths and put them in the best position to succeed. The Jets have apparently never seen Smith play, because based on this plan for him they have no idea what he does well. They're considering forcing him into a role that doesn't fit anything he did in college, while pretty much wasting a year of development for a player they desperately need to become a franchise quarterback. You should mock this just like if the Eagles were thinking about playing Matt Barkley at receiver as a rookie. It makes no sense.

Good luck, Geno. If the Jets actually follow through on this horrendous plan, you're going to need it."

 ::) :D ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on July 16, 2013, 06:17:05 AM
"Change of pace" can be down as well as up.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on July 16, 2013, 06:37:32 AM
Is anything slower than running into a butt ?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on July 26, 2013, 02:43:27 PM
49ers training camp infographic:

(http://www.49ers.com/assets/images/imported/SF/photos/Headers/Infographic100NEW.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on July 26, 2013, 03:25:30 PM
I remember the old single-bar facemasks that qbs used to wear.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Mouse on July 26, 2013, 04:19:30 PM
I still like the look of the old 1930 leather helmets, even if they offered zero protection.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on July 27, 2013, 07:59:45 PM
49ers training camp infographic:

(http://www.49ers.com/assets/images/imported/SF/photos/Headers/Infographic100NEW.jpg)

Has Colin not got a helmet in the picture because it had a Dolphins logo on it ?  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on July 27, 2013, 10:25:47 PM
Has Colin not got a helmet in the picture because it had a Dolphins logo on it ?  ;)

I don't get it, did I miss something?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on July 27, 2013, 10:28:30 PM
Has Colin not got a helmet in the picture because it had a Dolphins logo on it ?  ;)

I don't get it, did I miss something?

He was photographed a couple of weeks ago wearing a Dolphins hat and it caused something of a storm in a tea cup on the sports pages.

(http://www.sportsgrid.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/colin-kaepernick-dolphins-hat.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on July 28, 2013, 07:53:36 AM
And here's Jim and Colin texting (http://profootballmock.com/iphone-text/intercepted-text-jim-harbaugh-talks-training-camp-with-colin-kaepernick/)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 15, 2013, 10:30:31 AM
Brady injures knee but not thought to be serious

http://telly.com/13APF8V  <==== Video of practice incident where injury occurred


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on August 15, 2013, 11:26:48 AM
It's Tebow's job to lose now  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 20, 2013, 10:35:12 AM
49ers and Chiefs trade busts

AJ Jenkins dealt from 49ers to Chiefs for Jon Baldwin (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000231647/article/aj-jenkins-traded-from-49ers-to-chiefs-for-jon-baldwin?campaign=Ext_Email_1st10_20130820&cvosrc=Ext_Email.Epsilon.1st10_20130820)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 26, 2013, 05:15:27 PM
NFL season starts again on Thursday the 5th of October, although it will be Friday for those of us in the UK by the time the game kicks off.

Sky Sports have announced their schedule for week 1 and week 2 live games:

WEEK1:
Fri 6th 01:30 Ravens @ Broncos

Sun 8th 18:00 Falcons @ Saints

Sun 8th 21:25 Packers @ 49ers

WEEK 2:
Fri 13th 01:30 Jets @ Patriots

Sun 15th 18:00 Vikings @ Bears

Sun 15th 21:25 Broncos @ Giants



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on August 26, 2013, 05:35:58 PM
The Jets will be out of the playoffs by then.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on August 26, 2013, 07:14:36 PM
No channel 4 or 5 listed yet. It may be a year without NFL for me.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 27, 2013, 07:48:06 AM
No channel 4 or 5 listed yet. It may be a year without NFL for me.


Channel 4 will have their usual Sunday night game (01:30 Monday for us) they can't confirm yet as they have to wait for NFL UK to announce it.

Week 1 should be Giants @ Cowboys

Week 2 should be 49ers @ Seahawks

This is basically the NBC Sunday night game and their schedule has been announced and you can find it here
http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/4/18/4240642/2013-sunday-night-football-schedule-nbc


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 28, 2013, 10:54:27 AM
If your interested NFL UK run a fantasy league

http://fantasy.nfluk.com/uksalarycap/landing

you have to register with NFL UK to play I was already signed up as I signed up to get on the ticket list for NFL games in the UK.

I've joined the "Tuesday Morning Football" league.  TMF is a podcast who I follow on twitter.

http://fantasy.nfluk.com/uksalarycap/league?league_id=91 That's the league link the password is "TMF" without quotes


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 28, 2013, 11:45:34 AM
Lawrence Okoye the former Olympic discuss thrower got injured in the 49ers third pre-season game and as the roster needed to be cut to 75 on Tuesday he was waived by the 49ers. If he clears waivers he could still make the practice squad when he's healthy again.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 30, 2013, 07:19:28 AM
My tickets arrived yesterday for the two games at Wembley  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on August 30, 2013, 11:09:41 AM
Excellent - I hope that it's a good game.  Who is playing?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 30, 2013, 04:53:27 PM
Channel 4 announce new NFL Deal

http://www.nfluk.com/opinions/articles/channel-4-becomes-exclusive-terrestrial-tv-home-nfl-uk

Superbowl Live

Sunday night games kicking off at 1:30am

Both Wembley games live

Weekly highlights show

Hard Knocks tv show to be shown in the UK for the first time




Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 30, 2013, 04:54:19 PM
Excellent - I hope that it's a good game.  Who is playing?

Sept 29th is Steelers v Vikings

Oct 27th is Jaguars v 49ers


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on August 30, 2013, 10:16:26 PM
First Channel 4 Game:
Giants at Cowboys - set the tone for the Giant's season.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on August 31, 2013, 04:02:05 PM
Tebow is cut by the Pats.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 31, 2013, 07:46:58 PM
List of all the players cut by teams so far:

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/23400230/final-nfl-cuts-teams-trim-rosters-down-to-53-players

That list is being updated as team have until 11pm our time to cut down to 53 players

Other QB's cut include Matt Leinart, Caleb Hanie and Vince Young


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on August 31, 2013, 08:40:58 PM
Sounds like the Jests are going with Geno Smith as their starter.  They cut Greg McElroy and kept a hurt Sanchez and Matt Simms (son of Phil).


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 02, 2013, 11:28:20 AM
Tebow clears waivers and is now a free agent again.

McElroy released by the Jets destined for the Bengals practice squad.

Scott Tolzien QB released by the 49ers picked up by the Packers who just happen to play the 49ers in week 1 ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 02, 2013, 12:36:53 PM
The Pats picked up a couple of Dolphins cast offs...one made sense, the other was clearly to get the playbook.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 03, 2013, 08:44:12 AM
NFL QB's on Facebook have been busy in the preseaon

http://profootballmock.com/category/nfl-qbs-on-facebook/  you might want to click on next page and see if you've missed any

and these deadspin why your team suck are pretty funny

http://deadspin.com/tag/why-your-team-sucks-2013

They saved the Jests for last :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on September 03, 2013, 08:56:09 AM

http://deadspin.com/tag/why-your-team-sucks-2013

They saved the Jests for last :D

 ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 03, 2013, 01:40:38 PM
Radio commentary in the UK will be on Absolute radio exclusively http://absoluteradio90s.co.uk/

Quote
TOUCHDOWN! NFL is coming to yours truly. Every Sunday night from 9pm you’ll be able to hear live American Football (the only place on British radio!). We will also broadcast the two live games from Wembley Stadium, and we'll be bringing you the Super Bowl in February! Live commentary kicks off this weekend with Green Bay Packers v San Francisco 49ers.

http://www.nfluk.com/opinions/articles/absolute-radio-air-nfl-commentary-uk


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 03, 2013, 02:16:38 PM
The Jests signed Brady Quinn, just in case Sanchez is too injured to provide the comedy entertainment.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Dave J on September 03, 2013, 10:34:49 PM
Matt Flynn is given lots of cash to go to Seattle gets beaten out by Russell Wilson

Fast forward a year and...............

Matt Flynn has been given lots of cash to go to Oakland and gets beaten out by Terrelle Pryor

Deja vu all over again



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 04, 2013, 08:08:46 AM
And the experts questioned why the Dolphins did not swoop for Matt Flynn the moment we hired his former Offensive Coordinator as Head Coach...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 04, 2013, 06:31:16 PM
Limited International Series tickets to go on sale at 10am next Thursday
 
Not long now until the NFL returns to Wembley and the good news is that there is now a late opportunity to buy tickets.

As part of the agreement between the League and the teams, a number of tickets are allocated to the competing teams which can be returned to us should they not be required. A limited number of tickets have now been returned and will be released for sale on Thursday 12 September at 10am.

Tickets will be available on www.ticketmaster.co.uk/nfl and will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Don't miss your chance to see the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Minnesota Vikings on 29 September 2013 followed by Super Bowl XLVII finalists San Francisco 49ers against the Jacksonville Jaguars on 27 October.
 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 05, 2013, 01:22:07 PM
The new season kicks off tonight with Ravens@Broncos it's live on Sky Sports 2 at midnight


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 05, 2013, 03:01:47 PM
That's the Broncos@Ravens@Broncos  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 06, 2013, 04:03:21 PM
watched the game this afternoon I did contemplate watching it live so I started watching it on sky sports but the build up was dragging on so I gave up went to bed and downloaded the game this morning.

As it turns out there was a 33minute delay in the kick off time due to lightning storms in the area


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 08, 2013, 01:04:59 PM
Monday night football will be shown all season live on British Eurosport in the UK


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 08, 2013, 05:37:24 PM
Watching the Falcons@Saints game


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on September 09, 2013, 06:20:16 AM
Tone of the season set indeed:
Giants lose to the Cowboys.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 09, 2013, 06:54:06 AM
The Dolphins D is probably enough to get them to the playoffs...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 09, 2013, 08:32:09 AM
stayed up late to watch the end of the packers@49ers.

Close game but 49ers just had the edge.

Boldin looks like being a good acquisition but will be interesting to see how much space he gets the rest of the season after catching 13 passes in this game.

After Boldin and Davies the 49ers still look a little thin at WR with Crabtree and Manningham both on the PUP list so won't see any action till at least week 6.

Both teams did a good job stopping the run but I think the 49ers will have better success running the ball against other teams and won't have to rely on Kaepernick throwing for 412 yards every game :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 09, 2013, 01:50:11 PM
By The Numbers - Week 1 (http://www.nfluk.com/opinions/articles/numbers-week-1)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Dave J on September 10, 2013, 07:27:36 PM
It may have been another loss but I was quite encouraged by Da Raiders performance in Indy. It'll be interesting to see how they deal with the expectations that will come with the home opener against Jacksonville on Sunday bearing in mind that the Jags could only manage a safety at home against KC.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 11, 2013, 07:04:58 AM
NFL QB's ranked by their post game style  (http://www.buzzfeed.com/christopherfreeman8/all-32-nfl-quartebacks-ranked-by-their-post-game-s-dos3)  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 11, 2013, 07:49:45 AM
Tannehill would be higher if he took his wife along with him.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 11, 2013, 12:08:54 PM
Interesting stat from week 1:

NFL teams combined for 8,143 net passing yards in the opening week, more than any week in NFL history. There were 63 touchdown passes, also the most in any week in NFL history.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 11, 2013, 01:09:33 PM
The Dolphins have got around 11 DBs on their roster at the moment...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 11, 2013, 01:18:10 PM
From NFL UK :

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Limited tickets for the International Series games to go on sale at 10am this Thursday
 
After a thrilling first week of the new NFL season there is still a chance to grab yourself some tickets to share in the all excitement live at Wembley Stadium.

As part of the agreement between the League and the teams, a number of tickets are allocated to the competing teams which can be returned to us should they not be required. A limited number of tickets have now been returned and will be released for sale on Thursday 12 September at 10am:
Lower End Zone / Upper End Zone - £35
Upper Sideline - (rows 21 +) £45
Lower End Zone - (rows 20 +) £65
Upper Sideline - (rows 1-20) £70
Lower Sideline - £100
Club Seats - £100
Premium Club Seats - £149
Tickets will be available on www.ticketmaster.co.uk/nfl from 10am and will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 11, 2013, 01:22:01 PM
Will the Jags be scoring more than 2 points a game by the time they get to Wembley ?

Will they have brought in Tebow  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 11, 2013, 01:56:44 PM
Will the Jags be scoring more than 2 points a game by the time they get to Wembley ?

Will they have brought in Tebow  ;)

Yes and Yes, probably  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 12, 2013, 07:04:14 AM
Surgery likely for Sanchez (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/9663997/mark-sanchez-new-york-jets-likely-headed-surgery-labral-tear-shoulder-end-season-sources)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 12, 2013, 07:24:15 AM
"It is not a career-threatening injury"

Except in this case it could be, because if Sanchez does not play and impress this season he may find a very small market available to him for next season...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on September 12, 2013, 08:41:11 AM
Channel 4 have started showing 'Hard Knocks', admittedly in some obscure time slots. The programme is following the Bengals from start of camp. I've just watched episode one, and it's quite interesting, including watching the inter-action between the different groups of the squad (or no inter-action if you're James Harrison). Some nasty injuries as well, and this is weeks before the actual pre-season games.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 12, 2013, 09:05:04 AM
"It is not a career-threatening injury"

Except in this case it could be, because if Sanchez does not play and impress this season he may find a very small market available to him for next season...

I think he has a very tough decision to make.

If has the surgery now and misses this season he could very well find himself cut by the Jets and with no teams interested.

If he waits and hopes to get some playing time this season he could well make the injury worse and find himself out for longer and again with no teams interested.

Personally I think Mark Sanchez has probably played his last game in the NFL


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 13, 2013, 07:17:06 AM
From Tuesday Morning Football on twitter:

"If you haven't watched Jets @ Patriots yet... Don't"

"Tom Brady 24.2 & Geno Smith 15.0... Oh no, not fantasy points... That's their QBRs from last night"

Having read the game report I think I might give this one a miss  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 13, 2013, 12:34:41 PM
Geno Smith is the second coming...of Mark Sanchez  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 13, 2013, 12:59:22 PM
I'm eagerly awaiting butt fumble pt2 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 13, 2013, 09:01:09 PM
Dean Blandino vice president of officiating in the NFL send this video to team and made it available to fans to show examples of clean legal effective hits in week 1:

Examples of Clean Hits video (http://www.nflevolution.com/article/nfl%27s-dean-blandino-offers-examples-of-illegal-hits-after-week-1?ref=0ap1000000243662&campaign=Ext_Email_AdHoc_0913_DeanB)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 14, 2013, 06:12:24 PM
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning talk receivers on twitter (http://profootballmock.com/peyton-manning-and-tom-brady-talk-receivers-on-twitter/)  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 14, 2013, 06:49:04 PM
 :D

Saw this while I was there...

"GULF BREEZE, FL – Dr. James Andrews, renowned orthopedic surgeon famous for his work with NFL players such as Brett Favre, Drew Brees and Robert Griffin III, told reporters today that his examination of Mark Sanchez early Wednesday revealed no significant traces of talent whatsoever in the injured QB’s right shoulder."

 ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 14, 2013, 08:03:18 PM
After saying they weren't going to Mark Sanchez on IR, the Jests have put Mark Sanchez on short term IR. He'll be eligible to return in 8 weeks.

LINK (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/9671665/mark-sanchez-new-york-jets-placed-injured-reserve-designation-return)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 14, 2013, 08:27:12 PM
There is all sorts of stuff stirring around that - Sanchez saying he had won the starting role, Wrecks denying that conversation ever took place.

Let's hope in 8 weeks Geno has more Ints than TDs, just to add to the fun  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on September 16, 2013, 06:19:24 AM
Giants lose again, this time at home to the Broncos.
I'll bet the locals aren't happy.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on September 23, 2013, 06:19:32 AM
Shut out by the Panthers. The season is even more doomed than I thought.
I wonder if I can find some New York sports pages on-line.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 23, 2013, 08:43:31 AM
Shut out by the Panthers. The season is even more doomed than I thought.
I wonder if I can find some New York sports pages on-line.


Giants Go From Bad to Worse (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/sports/football/giants-go-from-bad-to-worst-start-in-17-years.html?ref=sports&_r=0) - NY Times

NY Giants defense takes share of blame for blowout loss to Carolina Panthers (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/giants-takes-share-blame-shame-article-1.1464403) - NY Daily News


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on September 23, 2013, 08:55:48 AM
Shut out by the Panthers. The season is even more doomed than I thought.
I wonder if I can find some New York sports pages on-line.


Giants Go From Bad to Worse (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/sports/football/giants-go-from-bad-to-worst-start-in-17-years.html?ref=sports&_r=0) - NY Times

NY Giants defense takes share of blame for blowout loss to Carolina Panthers (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/giants-takes-share-blame-shame-article-1.1464403) - NY Daily News

Thanks.
it appears the Giants are a train-wreck.
I await week 4 with no optimism whatsoever.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on September 23, 2013, 11:03:31 AM
Even worse than the Jets?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 23, 2013, 11:37:58 AM
49ers the last two games have been terrible, a leaky defence and an offence that can't score is not going to do well.

As I feared the lack of depth at WR is costing them dear.  The WR's can't beat man coverage and get open leaving teams free to put 8 men in the box and stop the run and/or pressure Kaepernick.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 23, 2013, 11:51:37 AM
Aldon Smith goes to rehab (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000248867/article/aldon-smith-will-take-indefinite-leave-of-absence?campaign=Ext_Email_1st10_20130923&cvosrc=Ext_Email.Epsilon.1st10_20130923)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on September 23, 2013, 11:57:37 AM
Even worse than the Jets?

It appears so. Giants are 0-3, Jets are 2-1.
Jets may only have beaten the Bucs & Bills, but at least they've won games.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 23, 2013, 12:48:13 PM
Geno Smith is showing himself to be the new Mark Sanchez, though.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Dave J on September 23, 2013, 01:43:35 PM
Do you think that the Giants debacle in Carolina shows that Denver's win in New Jersey the week before wasn't as impressive as it looked at the time and the Silver & Black actually have a chance tonight in Denver ?

I can dream can't I ?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 23, 2013, 08:03:11 PM
The Washington press is quick to turn on it's team:

https://twitter.com/strobist/status/382232690038013952/photo/1


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 23, 2013, 09:25:28 PM
Ryan Tannehill is getting sacked all over the place and is still the best performing QB of the 2012 class after 3 games.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 29, 2013, 10:06:53 PM
Great day out at Wembley , decent game looked like being a blow out and then the Steelers came back to within a TD and almost took it to overtime


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on September 29, 2013, 10:24:10 PM
Sat in the comfort of home, the Wembley game was enjoyable.
And then I saw the Giants result.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 29, 2013, 10:35:22 PM
I'm sorry to say Trace I saw that result coming, which is why I put the chiefs defense in my fantasy team, they are currently my 2nd highest score of the week behind Adrian Peterson although Payton Manning is still playing and will probably push them to 3rd :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 30, 2013, 02:47:05 AM
I'm eagerly awaiting butt fumble pt2 :D

I didn't have to wait long  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 30, 2013, 08:44:53 AM
5 sacks for 50 yards, 2 Ints and 2 fumbles - at least he rushed for 7 yards.

Oh, Geno  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 30, 2013, 08:48:27 AM
''It shocks me,'' Jets coach Rex Ryan said. ''I never expected for the game to turn out like this. Certainly a shock. I don't know what else to say.''

 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 30, 2013, 04:31:49 PM
Does Rex not watch the same Jests as us :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on September 30, 2013, 06:02:46 PM
Or the same Jests as the other 31 head coaches in the league.  They need to make change at either head coach or owner.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on September 30, 2013, 06:43:34 PM
A change at the Jests....  Mark Sanchez to have season ending surgery.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 30, 2013, 08:34:13 PM
He's clearly watched the first few games and thinks his starting position is safe  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 03, 2013, 07:54:23 PM
Buccs release Josh Freeman (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9764541/tampa-bay-buccaneers-release-josh-freeman)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Dave J on October 03, 2013, 10:30:38 PM
There are 6.2 million reasons why Freeman won't be too upset, especially if Tampa continue to struggle.

Another QB having a bad week is Matt Flynn who is now 3rd string behind Matt McGloin in Oakland.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 04, 2013, 05:47:15 AM
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Limited tickets for the Jaguars/49ers game to go on sale at 10am from next Tuesday
 
After an amazing game at Wembley last Sunday there is still a chance to grab yourself some tickets to the next International Series matchup at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, October 27, when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the San Francisco 49ers.

As part of the agreement between the League and the teams, a number of tickets are allocated to the competing teams which can be returned to us should they not be required. A limited number of tickets have now been returned and will be released for sale on Tuesday 8 October at 10am:

Upper End Zone - £35
Upper Sideline - (rows 21 +) £45
Upper Sideline - (rows 1-20) £70
Lower Sideline - £100
Premium Club Seats - £149
Tickets will be available on www.ticketmaster.co.uk/nfl from 10am and will be sold on a first come, first served basis.
 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on October 07, 2013, 09:28:48 AM
Giants have the same record as the Jaguars.
(ie. pitiful).


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 07, 2013, 09:35:22 AM
Freeman signs with the Vikings on a one year $3m contract


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 07, 2013, 06:44:15 PM
Retweeted Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter):

As @SI_JimTrotter reported, Raiders have released QB Matt Flynn.


That's one heck of a fall...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 08, 2013, 06:50:18 PM
3 International series games to be played in London in 2014.

The Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders will each play a home game in London next season:

http://nflcommunications.com/2013/10/08/nfl-takes-another-step-in-international-growth-three-games-in-london-in-2014/


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 08, 2013, 07:23:39 PM
Soon every team will have to play a home game in London every year.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Dave J on October 08, 2013, 07:48:26 PM
Happily surprised that the Raiders are coming. As bad as they've been in recent years I didn't expect they'd risk angering the Black Hole by taking a home game overseas. If Terrelle Pryor continues to improve they may come over as a team on the rise.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 08, 2013, 08:19:33 PM
I'll find a use for my Raiders jersey after all :D

As a 49ers fan I only have a Raiders jersey because it's a no:80 Jerry Rice jersey  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 08, 2013, 08:56:46 PM
The Dolphins are away to the Raiders that season...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Dave J on October 08, 2013, 09:30:26 PM
The Raiders are the host team so it won't be the Dolphins. Their non-divisional home games are:

Jacksonville
Cleveland
Pittsburgh
Tampa Bay, and
New Orleans

Jacksonville won't be over twice in a season and if the NFL want an interconference matchup then we're probably looking at the Bucs or the Saints


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 08, 2013, 09:32:54 PM
I think the Raiders are playing a Home game in London, which means the Dolphins could be the opponent...that's what all the Dolphins fan-sites are saying.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 09, 2013, 10:40:52 AM
2014 Schedules:

The Jaguars have home games against:

Houston, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Dallas, NY Giants and one of the AFC East teams (New England, Miami, NYJ, Buffalo)*

The Atlanta Falcons have home games against:

Carolina, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and one of the NFC West (San Francisco, Seattle, St Louis, Arizona)*


The Raiders have home games against:

Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Buffalo, Miami, Arizona, San Francisco, and one of the AFC South (Indianapolis, Tennessee, Houston, Jacksonville)*

*Team from that division that finishes in the same spot in the 2013 standings. ** I'm not entirely sure what that means, I think it means that say the Falcons finish 3rd in their division then they'd play the 3rd place team from the NFC West.

I think that bit might be irrelevant though as I think they make the announcement about which teams are playing before  the end of the season, which means there opponents would have to come from the teams their already scheduled to play.

Also the games have generally been AFC v NFC although Chicago v Tampa Bay in 2011 was an all NFC match up.  None of the regular season games played have been inter division matchups.

So I think that leaves as possibilities.

Jacksonville v Cleveland, Dallas, NY Giants

Atlanta v Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland

Raiders v Buffalo, Miami, Arizona


I removed Pittsburgh from both the Jaguars and Falcons as they played in London this year and also removed the 49ers from the Raiders for the same reason


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 09, 2013, 11:22:32 AM
Out of those options I imagine the NFL would pick Jacksonville -v- Dallas (or the Giants), Atlanta -v- Chicago and Raiders -v- Dolphins.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on October 09, 2013, 11:52:06 AM
On this season's showing, Jacksonville v. Giants would be an absolute blinder.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 09, 2013, 12:02:49 PM
Out of those options I imagine the NFL would pick Jacksonville -v- Dallas (or the Giants), Atlanta -v- Chicago and Raiders -v- Dolphins.

I'd agree with you,  Bill Williamson ESPN's 49ers blogger seems to think that the Raiders v 49ers is a possibility given the trouble that happened before a pre-season game between these clubs that the NFL might welcome the chance to play it in London


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 14, 2013, 08:49:49 AM

I think that bit might be irrelevant though as I think they make the announcement about which teams are playing before  the end of the season, which means there opponents would have to come from the teams their already scheduled to play.

Also the games have generally been AFC v NFC although Chicago v Tampa Bay in 2011 was an all NFC match up.  None of the regular season games played have been inter division matchups.

So I think that leaves as possibilities.

Jacksonville v Cleveland, Dallas, NY Giants

Atlanta v Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland

Raiders v Buffalo, Miami, Arizona


I removed Pittsburgh from both the Jaguars and Falcons as they played in London this year and also removed the 49ers from the Raiders for the same reason

Sky Sports went through this during their coverage last night and agreed exactly with what I posted above


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on October 14, 2013, 11:52:47 AM
Did they agree that the Giants are a total shower so far?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 14, 2013, 02:28:49 PM
Did they agree that the Giants are a total shower so far?


AS the Giants had already played on Thursday night they didn't mention the Giants much from what I heard, although it is possible I missed it as I tend to hit the mute button when  they cut back to the sky sports studio as Kevin Cadle does my head in ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 14, 2013, 06:40:57 PM
They must be bad to have a worse record than the Jets.

I see that the Pats won with a few seconds left.  There must be a lot of happy sports fans in Boston today.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 14, 2013, 07:02:15 PM
Looks like the refs were happy.  They ignored two offensive penalties on the final play.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 15, 2013, 06:09:22 AM
Ah, "If Only" - the call of the Dolphins' fans.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on October 22, 2013, 06:24:26 AM
At last. A Giants win.
Now for a good run to achieve season mediocrity instead of complete failure.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 22, 2013, 07:16:52 AM
So only Tampa Bay and Jacksonville still looking for their first win of the season and only Kansas City remain undefeated


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 22, 2013, 12:08:34 PM
Big week for injuries in the NFL a few big names are done for the season:

NFL.com article (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000267490/article/which-sunday-injury-hurts-the-most?campaign=Ext_Email_1st10_20131022&cvosrc=Ext_Email.Epsilon.1st10_20131022)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 24, 2013, 01:07:44 PM
Confirmed International series games for 2014:

Cowboys @ Jaguars

Lions @ Falcons

Dolphins @ Raiders

http://www.nfluk.com/opinions/articles/2014-international-series-games-confirmed


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 24, 2013, 01:27:37 PM
Yay !!!

And we might even win that one  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 28, 2013, 12:15:20 AM
Had a good day today.

Got on the train this morning in Neath and got my laptop out and watched the Broncos @ Colts game from last Sunday.

A few stops later someone got on in a Broncos shirt and noticed what I was watching and said "hey that's my Broncos" so I said I was a 49ers fan. A girl sitting in the seat in front on the opposite side of the aisle turned around and said she was a 49ers fan, she was over here from America and when she booked the trip she didn't know the 49ers would be playing here.  She also said she went to high school with Colin Kaepernick!

I arrived at Paddington just after 12pm.  I was staying at the Tune Hotel Paddington which is on Praed street just a bit further down from Paddington towards Edgware Road.  I was too early to check in but was able to leave my small case there.  I then walked to Marble Arch and had lunch in a pub there.  I walked down Oxford Street until I reached Bond Street tube station and got on the Jubilee line to Wembley Park.

I then made my way to the Green man pub which is just off Wembley Hill Road, the pub was full inside and out with NFL fans and I chatted with fans from various teams while I had a pint.

I made my way into the stadium shortly after the gates opened and bought a programme and read a few of the articles while the players warmed up during warm ups I watched 49ers kicker Phil Dawson kick a 58 yard field goal and he made it with plenty of room to spare!

Pre-match entertainment included a drum battle between the 49ers Noise and Jaguars D-Line their respective drum lines. Then there was the Jaguars Cheerleaders "The Roar". Music was from Ne-Yo and was accompanied by a light show and pyrotechnics.

Then was the anthems I'm not sure who sang the US one (a grammy award winner but I didn't catch his name) and Mezza Soprano Laura Wright sang God Save The Queen.

There wasn't has good an atmosphere as the previous game this season but that game was close and there was an even number of Vikings and Steelers supporters with the neutrals just giving the Vikings the edge in terms of support.

Today 49ers fans far outnumbered the Jags so the Jags didn't get much noise when they asked for it, although they went so far behind that they did get cheers when they managed rare first downs and when they did eventually score a touchdown when Mike Brown found himself alone behind the 49ers secondary in what must have been a blown coverage. By that time however the 49ers were well in front.

Kaepernick completed 10 of 16 for 164 yards 1TD and rushed for 54 yards and 2 TD's on 7 attempts , while Gore rushed for 71 yards and 2 TD's.

Boldin caught 4 passes for 56 yards and Davis 3 for 52 and the 49ers only passing TD of the game. The 49ers longest completion was a pass to FB Bruce Miller on a bit of a trick play.  The 49ers were all in the huddle when Miller ran to the sideline like he was being substituted only he didn't leave the field. The 49ers broke the huddle and line up in a jumbo package like they were going to run the ball so the Jags line everyone up in the box with no one marking the un noticed Miller. A quick snap and pass later and Miller runs up the sideline for a gain of 43 yards.

The defence also contributed points when LB Dan Skuta recovered a fumble and ran up the sideline for a 47 yard score thanks to some good blocking from Ray McDonald.

When the 49ers got the ball back with 6mins to go in the 4th Colt Mcoy was in at QB and Kendall Hunter was getting the majority of the handoffs at RB breaking off a couple of big gains which lead to a total of 84 yards rushing for him on the night.  So the 49ers ran out the clock on a 42-10 win.

The only negative on the 49ers tonight was special teams, why they persist in letting Kyle Williams return punts and Kick off's I'll never know. He fumbled twice tonight he recovered one and saw another go out of bounds so neither cost the 49ers possession just field position. When they did eventually replace him with Anthony Dixon he broke off a 47yard return.

So the first of the Jags UK games ends in a blowout for them, they have 3 more to come of the next 3 seasons I hope they can improve. Playing the Cowboys next year should mean they'll have a bit more home support for that one


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on October 28, 2013, 07:18:12 AM
Giants beat the Eagles.
But looking at the scoreline it looks like my description of a run to mediocrity was pretty close.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on October 28, 2013, 01:54:17 PM
Giants beat the Eagles.
But looking at the scoreline it looks like my description of a run to mediocrity was pretty close.

Did I see some strange punt snap?

Had a good day today.
I half watched it on TV - it was not very interesting.

I suppose that in time, if they play here every year, they might start to get a following.  I suspect that the 49ers are one of the better followed teams here - along with the Pats, the Cowboys and a few others.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on October 28, 2013, 05:46:17 PM

Did I see some strange punt snap?


Yes indeed. I think mediocrity may be out of our reach, despite the result.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 29, 2013, 12:36:32 PM
Giants beat the Eagles.
But looking at the scoreline it looks like my description of a run to mediocrity was pretty close.


Your two wins from first place in the NFC East, that division is so bad this year your still in with a shot of making the playoffs


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 30, 2013, 08:34:14 AM
Patriots trade a 5th round 2014 draft pick to the Eagles for DT Isaac Sopoaga and a 2014 6th round pick

LINK (http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/9899498/new-england-patriots-acquire-isaac-sopoaga-philadelphia-eagles)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 30, 2013, 08:49:38 AM
I think they traded away a 5th and got the player and a 6th.

And they need him.  The Dolphins ran all over them in the first half, which begs the question why did our OC decide it was a good idea to only run the ball 6 times in the second half...  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 30, 2013, 09:44:52 AM
I think they traded away a 5th and got the player and a 6th.

Yes your right, will edit my post


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on October 30, 2013, 09:47:08 AM

...which begs the question why did our OC decide it was a good idea to only run the ball 6 times in the second half...  ::)

Especially given this stat

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Over the past four games, Ryan Tannehill has no touchdowns and five interceptions on throws deeper than 10 yards downfield. The Dolphins are 0-4 in that span.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 30, 2013, 10:05:36 AM
To be fair to Tannehill, the Ints are usually coming when we are chasing the game after the OC has called us out of it  ::)

Lots of calls for the OC to be gone, and even a report that the players are questioning his calls...be interesting to see what happens on Thursday.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 01, 2013, 09:01:26 AM
Dolphins beat the Benglas with an OT walk-off safety and have the Bucs next.

As we cross the half way stage of the season the playoffs are wide open...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 01, 2013, 12:48:47 PM
Dolphins beat the Benglas with an OT walk-off safety and have the Bucs next.

As we cross the half way stage of the season the playoffs are wide open...

I can't see them winning the division and Denver or Kansas City will take one of the wild cards depending on who wins the division.

Currently the Dolphins are behind the Chargers and the Jets for the 2nd wild card (Jets win the tie breaker over the Dolphins currently as they have a better win % in division games.

The Dolphins games against the Chargers (Nov 17) and both games verses the Jets will be key if their to make the playoffs


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 01, 2013, 01:06:48 PM
We should win all 3 of those games...to be honest, we should win all our remaining games apart from maybe against the Patriots...

So watch us go and lose to the Bucs...

It is in our own hands, though.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 01, 2013, 09:16:42 PM
Watching the Bengals @ Dolphins game from last night


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 04, 2013, 02:20:38 PM
Richie Incognito suspended by Dolphins (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000276100/article/richie-incognito-suspended-by-miami-dolphins?campaign=Ext_Email_NL_REG_9_20131104_SF&cvosrc=Ext_Email.Epsilon.NL_REG_9_20131104_SF)

Miami Herald article (http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/04/3729152/incognito-dolphins-push-back-against.html)

All does not seem well in Dolphins locker room


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 04, 2013, 05:11:28 PM
This is a really strange story, and it is really hard to know what to believe at the moment.

I have seen photos and reports which would indicate that Incognito and Martin are the best of friends, and it is not as if Martin is actually a rookie this season.

I suspect other teams will now be taking a closer look internally because it seems clear this is a common lockerroom culture in the NFL.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 04, 2013, 10:31:12 PM
Tweet from Jonathan Martin on September 8th:

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I'm done playing credit card roulette SMDH

LINK (https://twitter.com/J_Martin71/status/376481463660990464)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 04, 2013, 11:07:18 PM
If this rids the NFL of hazing it will be a good thing.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 05, 2013, 03:56:43 PM
92 games - including 12 of 13 this week - have been within 7 points in 4th quarter. Most in NFL history through Week 9

Via https://twitter.com/NFLfootballinfo/status/397753347484434432


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 05, 2013, 04:59:13 PM
It has been an unpredictable season so far, and I suspect it will stay that way because although the Chiefs remain unbeaten I cannot see them winning the Superbowl.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 06, 2013, 12:15:32 PM
Nnamdi Asomugha was cut by the 49ers on Monday and cleared waivers on Tuesday.

There was no room on the 49ers roster with corner back Eric Wright coming back from injury.

Michael Crabtree has been cleared to practice and the 49ers have 21 days from the day of his first practice to activate him or lose him for the season.

Mario Manningham should be fit to play in the 49ers next game against the Panthers.

Linebacker Nate Stupar was released and claimed by the Jaguars.

WR Marlon Moor was released and claimed by the Dolphins


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 06, 2013, 12:23:47 PM
Is there a story behind that ?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 06, 2013, 12:29:47 PM
Is there a story behind that ?

Assuming you mean Asomugha?

He hadn't been part of the game day roster for the past 3 weeks even though he was healthy.  He played in the first 3 games of the season then had a knee injury.  Tramaine Brock took his place and has been excellent he has 3 interceptions in the 5 games he's played.

With Wright coming back from injury there was no point in keeping Asomugha, with nobody claiming him though it means the 49ers are stuck with his $1.35m contract.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 07, 2013, 01:16:11 PM
Incognito and Martin: An insider's story (http://mmqb.si.com/2013/11/07/richie-incognito-jonathan-martin-dolphins-lydon-murtha/)

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Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Lydon Murtha pulls back the curtain on what he saw and what he’s heard of the relationship between Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, from the locker room dynamic to that now-famous O-line trip to Vegas


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 07, 2013, 08:21:28 PM
Might just be me, but I cannot get that link to work.

Seems like yesterday every current Dolphin came down on the side of Incognito.  Martin has now appointed a lawyer.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 07, 2013, 08:49:57 PM
Sorry my mistake didn't get the link right first time but I've fixed it now or just go to

http://mmqb.si.com/2013/11/07/richie-incognito-jonathan-martin-dolphins-lydon-murtha/


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 07, 2013, 09:17:48 PM
Just read it on the Phinsider.

I have also read that the voicemail transcript which has been leaked where Incognito uses the N word has an important detail left off it.  At the end in a different voice he adds 'OK, phone me back'.

Really starting to look like Martin wants out of football after not cutting it at LT and is after a paycheque.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 10, 2013, 09:22:19 PM
Jaguars win!


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on November 10, 2013, 10:04:15 PM
It had to happen eventually.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on November 10, 2013, 10:06:07 PM
But against the Titans. I wouldn't have seen that coming.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 10, 2013, 10:24:48 PM
Hopefully the Bucs won't on Monday.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 28, 2013, 02:53:12 PM
Ticket details for next years Wembley games: http://www.nfluk.com/tickets


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 01, 2013, 11:07:07 PM
Geno Smith.  8.3 QBR.  Pulled at HT.  WOW


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 02, 2013, 07:21:57 AM
At least it was positive.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 03, 2013, 01:09:34 PM
Seattle become the first team to clinch a playoff spot after their demolition of the Saints last night


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 03, 2013, 03:57:11 PM
The Giants won again on their run to keep Tom Coughlin in a job. I've only watched the first quarter so far, but I haven't been impressed.



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 04, 2013, 07:38:01 PM
Kickoff times for the next years games at Wembley have been announced:

Dolphins @ Raiders week 4 Sept 28th 6pm

Lions @ Falcons week 8 Oct 26th 1:30pm

Jaguars @ Cowboys week 10 Nov 9th 6pm


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 04, 2013, 08:50:05 PM
1:30 - that's unusual.  That'll be 8:30am on the East Coast.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 04, 2013, 09:13:26 PM
1:30 - that's unusual.  That'll be 8:30am on the East Coast.

9:30am as I'm guessing our clocks go back that weekend but they don't in the US till a week or two later meaning only 4 hours between the Eastern US and the UK

http://www.nfluk.com/opinions/articles/2014-international-series-schedule-finalised

Doing it so they can fit in 4 lives games on US TV that day


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 05, 2013, 07:56:25 AM
Yes, I can see the benefits of having the game played in the morning - many more $s.

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It is also a great chance for London and the International Series to be showcased and for the whole of the US to witness the knowledge and passion of the UK fans.
Including those people on the west coast who will need to be up at 6:30 to watch the start of the game.

What I don't understand is why the NFL haven't tried to put a game on in Germany. 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 05, 2013, 12:41:59 PM
They have played exhibition games in Germany in the past in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994.  The only regular season games to be held outside of the US have been in Mexico City, Toronto and London.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 05, 2013, 12:59:43 PM
Has anybody got ideas of numbers of fans in Germany, and how many US servicemen attended those games. It's only an idea after I remembered how many Air Force personnel from East Anglia used to attend gigs at the Hammy O when Pat Benatar or Joan Jett were playing, outnumbering locals. If the locals weren't really interested, the NFL would know that already.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 05, 2013, 05:11:30 PM
When I was in the States, they set up the World League, which turned into a European league.  The Monarchs were in it for a while and a team from Scotland.  It didn't work out in the UK and the teams all eventually moved to Germany.  I was assuming that they picked Germany for a reason.  Average crowds were around 20k before the NFL pulled out - I know, because Wikipedia tells me and everyone knows that Wikipedia is always right.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 05, 2013, 07:26:41 PM
The World League had teams in the UK, Germany and Spain from its inception.  The Monarchs worked well until they tried a move away from Wembley and stopped giving out free tickets.  I presume they picked Germany because of the existing US presence - the teams themselves had no real draws in the players because they were those who had not managed to get into the NFL.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 05, 2013, 09:09:09 PM
I was in the US when it was launched.  The NFL imagined it as some sort of stepping stone to the NFL like AAA baseball, for example.  They also thought that they could get some local players.  What happened in the end was that the teams were made up of players leaving collage who were possibilities to get into the NFL.  Some did.  They also had national players who turned out to be kickers and punters.

The proper world league lasted two years and had ten teams - from recollection:  London Monarchs (winners in the first year), Frankfurt Galaxy, Barcelona Dragons, Montreal Machine, New York/ New Jersey Knights, Raleigh/ Durham Skyhawks (replaced by the Ohio Glory), Orlando Thunder (with the worst colour uniforms ever), San Antonio Riders, Birmingham Fire & Sacramento Surge

Oh dear, I'm probably the only person who can remember all this.  I don't know what it was like here, but in the US, it was not a success.  What the NFL is doing in the UK now is much better.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 05, 2013, 10:13:20 PM
I remember the World League and saw some coverage of it but not much I wasn't interested enough to go to a Monarchs game.

Kurt Warner always gets mentioned as having come through NFL Europe having played for the Amsterdam Admirals in 1998.  Before that he'd played Arena Football between 1995-1997 after he'd gone undrafted in the 1994 draft and tried out in the pre-season for the Packers but was cut.

In 1998 he signed for the Rams and they placed him in NFL Europe with Amsterdam before he returned to the Rams as their 3rd choice quarterback.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 05, 2013, 11:19:05 PM
I went to all the Monarchs games in the first season and they really built up a good following, although I suspect a lot of that was down to them winning.

It was never going to compete with the NFL and the real fans in the UK wanted real NFL teams coming across.  This would always be second best, but better than nothing.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 08, 2013, 06:31:08 PM
A bit of snow around in the NFL today  :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 08, 2013, 10:08:52 PM
I saw the Dolphins had to play through it in Pittsburgh.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 08, 2013, 10:27:27 PM
I saw the Dolphins had to play through it in Pittsburgh.
Yes but think the Lions @ Eagles game had the most


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 09, 2013, 07:20:56 AM
I saw some of the game.  It shows just how quickly the snow builds up.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 09, 2013, 12:57:46 PM
I think the Giants would have preferred the snow to San Diego. All they can hope for is 8-8 now.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 09, 2013, 02:02:10 PM
I read yesterday they had to change the rules on how to deal with snow on the field of play after the Patriots cheated against the Dolphins  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 09, 2013, 05:55:25 PM
Yeah, yeah, another complaint from the IfOnlies.  Of course, had it been cheating, then no rule change would have been needed.

Anyway, the Pats seem to specialize in giving the other team big leads and winning in the last quarter.  Another win or IfOnly loss and they'll have wrapped up the division for about the 27th consecutive year. 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 09, 2013, 09:36:46 PM
You forgot to mention the refs from yesterday's game  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 09, 2013, 09:39:36 PM
(http://billsportsmaps.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/snowplow-game_nfl_patriots2-dolphins0_dec-1982_foxborough-mass_mark-henderson_d.gif)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 10, 2013, 07:32:31 AM
Very amusing.  I'm not sure what response you expect:

1) It's what you call home field advantage.
2) It doesn't say what happened when Miami attempted a field goal.
3) I'm sure Miami would have done the same if the same thing happened at their stadium.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 10, 2013, 02:31:22 PM
3) I'm sure Miami would have done the same if the same thing happened at their stadium.

I think everyone would have given up and gone home if it was like that in the Dolphins stadium.  The time I was there they were very disgruntled when it dared to rain.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 10, 2013, 03:01:22 PM
This was a blog Mike Pereira published on Sunday about Snow clearing in the NFL:

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Wish you could hear me singing, but trust me, it's very good. Actually feels kind of appropriate for a change here in the "ice cube" my crew and I call home at the FOX Network Center, since in many of the early NFL games here in Week 14 the snow is coming down.

Remember in the "snow plow" game between New England-Miami back in 1982 when the tractor with brushes took a little veer off the 5-yard mark and cleaned the area where New England attempted a field goal?

Not going to happen Sunday.

Snow removal guidelines are in the game operation manual of the NFL, and here is basically what they say:

-- You can clear the sidelines, goal lines and end lines.

-- You can clear the 10-yard stripes behind the offense, not in front of the offense.

-- And during play, during a timeout, the only thing you can clear in front of the offense is the goal line if the referee deems that the goal line is not visible.

If the offense is inside the 20, you can not clean the 5-yard stripe directly behind the offense because it might end up benefiting a field goal attempt in an area that's clean, so therefore, that's not allowable.

The kicker and holder can't use anything like a brush to clear the spot of where they are going to attempt a field goal, but they can scrape off the snow with their hands or feet. Just no artificial tool.

In the end, common sense plays a factor and there are specific guidelines in the NFL manual to make sure that what happened in New England in 1982 doesn't happen again.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/pereira-what-can-nfl-officials-do-to-deal-with-the-snow-120813


Then during the game he tweeted this:

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Lots of tweets about snow removal in BAL between the hashmarks… they're clearly letting them clean everything today

https://twitter.com/MikePereira/status/409759888441479169

So although there are guidelines they seem to be flexible  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 10, 2013, 04:33:24 PM
"Just no artificial tool."

That's no way to talk about Belicheat...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 12, 2013, 02:39:09 PM
Details of a Super Bowl Party in London if anyone is interested:

http://www.bloomsburylive.com/calendar_event_new.php?id=976


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 15, 2013, 11:45:12 PM
Well, that was nice.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 16, 2013, 07:20:06 AM
Merely delaying the inevitable.  The Patriots have too many injuries to be a superbowl contender.  It's their good fortune that the other teams in the division are average or below.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 16, 2013, 09:35:19 AM
Giants lose again. And so did every other team in the division.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 16, 2013, 10:11:46 AM
Miami need the Ravens to lose tonight or any of their remaining games.

Dolphins currently hold the 6th seed but if the Ravens win tonight they'll have identical records but the Ravens hold the tiebreaker over Miami so would be the 6th seed again


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 16, 2013, 11:20:05 AM
The Ravens have a much harder run-in.

The great thing for Miami this season has been to see so many young players come through, and the improvement of Tannehill - looks like we found our QB.  He's getting a lot of praise for yesterday's game.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 16, 2013, 12:12:53 PM
They'd better sort out the O-Line.  Id they don't the new QB will spend most of his time on IR.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 16, 2013, 12:13:14 PM
and Michael Thomas was a timely signing from the 49ers practice squad on Thursday


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 16, 2013, 01:00:41 PM
So far this season Tannehill has only missed one part of one match despite all the sacks, so he appears to be made of tough stuff.  The O-line has got better since Martin left...but I expect it to be addressed in the first round of the draft.

Michael Thomas had been with the team for such a short space of time that some of the defence had no idea who he was when he made the interception  :D  Apparently he made a few good plays in the time he was on, so he appears to have been a very good acquisition - I saw a couple of 49ers fans online saying they had hoped he would stay hidden this season...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 16, 2013, 01:58:48 PM
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At 49ers camp a couple yrs ago, I asked @DonteWhitner which unknown player had a future. He said Michael Thomas, who picked off Brady today

Tweet from ESPN's Mike Sando https://twitter.com/SandoESPN/status/412450882530598912


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 16, 2013, 08:29:15 PM
Miami need the Ravens to lose tonight or any of their remaining games.

Dolphins currently hold the 6th seed but if the Ravens win tonight they'll have identical records but the Ravens hold the tiebreaker over Miami so would be the 6th seed again

I am reading now that if the Dolphins win their two remaining games they will make the playoffs at the expense of one of the Ravens, the Bengals and the Patriots, although most likely at the expense of either the Ravens or the Bengals.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 16, 2013, 09:13:22 PM
Miami need the Ravens to lose tonight or any of their remaining games.

Dolphins currently hold the 6th seed but if the Ravens win tonight they'll have identical records but the Ravens hold the tiebreaker over Miami so would be the 6th seed again

I am reading now that if the Dolphins win their two remaining games they will make the playoffs at the expense of one of the Ravens, the Bengals and the Patriots, although most likely at the expense of either the Ravens or the Bengals.

Yes I just tried the scenarios on ESPN playoff machine and if the Dolphins win out their in even if the Ravens win their remaining games which are against the Patriots and Bengals:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/machine

I even had scenarios where the Dolphins lose one game and still get in


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 16, 2013, 11:19:15 PM
I do like the scenario where the Dolphins win out and the Patriots lose out, and the Dolphins go through while the Patriots stay at home  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 18, 2013, 09:49:55 AM
Statistical analysis of NFL announcers (http://www.awfulannouncing.com/2013/december/who-are-statistically-the-worst-nfl-announcers.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter)

Blog post on which announcers make the least and most mistakes during a game


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 18, 2013, 11:10:33 AM
I do like the scenario where the Dolphins win out and the Patriots lose out, and the Dolphins go through while the Patriots stay at home  ;D

It's fun I agree but also highly unlikely.

Week 16 playoff scenarios:

The Patriots can clinch a playoff spot with a Bengals loss or tie

The Patriots can clinch the AFC East with a Patriots win or a Dolphins loss

The Patriots can clinch a first round bye with a Patriots win + Bengals loss or tie + Colts loss or tie or Patriots tie + Bengals loss + Colts loss.


The Dolphins clinch a playoff spot with a Dolphins win + Ravens loss + Bengals loss

Full list of week 16 playoff scenarios  (http://nfllabor.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/playoff-scenarios-week-16.pdf)  <-PDF file to download


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 18, 2013, 05:06:57 PM
I would like the Dolphins to secure a playoff position before we have to play the Jests.  That means I will be hoping for a Dolphins win and then a Patriots win.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 22, 2013, 07:35:11 PM
Down by 10 to the Bills, not good from the Dolphins so far tonight


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 22, 2013, 09:40:56 PM
19-0 and giving up 7 sacks to the Bills!
Oh dear ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 23, 2013, 03:31:44 AM
So today I watched 3 NHL games, 1 soccer game, and 3 NFL games although the Pats v Ravens game didn't really hold my attention and I think I'm about to bail on this Bears v Eagles game with the Eagles 33-3 up with 7mins to go in the 3rd and it's 3:30am.

Time to get some sleep will be a late night again tomorrow with the Falcons @ 49ers game on Monday Night Football


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 23, 2013, 02:28:27 PM
19-0 and giving up 7 sacks to the Bills!
Oh dear ::)

I could understand the sacks - the Bills have a good defensive front - but that was just a dire performance all round - totally bottled it.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 23, 2013, 03:34:41 PM
Still in control of the 6th seed though but three other teams waiting behind the Dolphins if they lose to the Jets next week, Ravens, Chargers and even the Steelers could still take that place if the Dolphins lose


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 23, 2013, 03:49:24 PM
I'm wrong, there's a scenario where the Dolphins win and The Ravens win and the Ravens get in if the Chiefs beat the Chargers but if the Chargers win the Dolphins get in.

That makes no sense to me :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 23, 2013, 06:02:47 PM
The Ravens win the tie break against the Dolphins, but if three teams end up with the same record then that is ignored and the Dolphins go through because they will have the best conference record.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 23, 2013, 07:57:52 PM
ah yes I forgot there is a different tie-breaking procedure used if there's 3 teams tied rather than two


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 23, 2013, 08:39:04 PM
The Ravens are really not that good and the Bengals will be wanting to win, so all Miami have to do is beat the Jests at home  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 24, 2013, 01:33:57 AM
Up to watch probably the last ever game at Candlestick Park, wish I'd got to see a game there but wasn't to be


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 24, 2013, 02:58:59 AM
hmm 10-3 to the Falcons at half time, 49ers just aren't clicking on offence , Atlanta touchdown came after a in my opinion a bad penalty call on what looked like a good clean hit to me by Donte Whitner


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 24, 2013, 04:43:04 AM
at 27-24 to the 49ers the Falcons get the ball back via an onside kick after it went under Navarro Bowman.

The Falcons get down to the 49ers 6yard line with just over a minute to go. The 49ers call an all out blitz Ryan tries to throw a quick pass which Brock chargers on knocks it out and Bowman intercepts and runs 95yards for the TD.

34-24 to the 49ers Final Score and the 49ers clinch at least a wild card spot , they need  the Seahawks to lose to the Rams and to beat the Cardinals in Arizona to win the division


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 24, 2013, 07:16:56 AM
34-24 to the 49ers Final Score and the 49ers clinch at least a wild card spot , they need  the Seahawks to lose to the Rams and to beat the Cardinals in Arizona to win the division

The way the last few weeks of results have gone, I wouldn't rule anything out.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 24, 2013, 07:37:35 PM
34-24 to the 49ers Final Score and the 49ers clinch at least a wild card spot , they need  the Seahawks to lose to the Rams and to beat the Cardinals in Arizona to win the division

The way the last few weeks of results have gone, I wouldn't rule anything out.


Exactly it really has been an "Any given Sunday" league in recent weeks or all season ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 25, 2013, 10:18:11 PM
Arizona are a good team and need to win themselves to get into the playoffs.  The NFC is more equal than the AFC.

It should be a good last week.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 26, 2013, 12:59:02 AM
Arizona are a good team and need to win themselves to get into the playoffs.  The NFC is more equal than the AFC.

It should be a good last week.

Arizona need to win and need The Saints to lose to get into the playoffs, Arizona are home to the 49ers the Saints are home to the 4-11 Buccs.

I don't fancy Arizona's chances to be honest their going to be the team with the best record that misses out


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 26, 2013, 07:22:33 AM
No - it's a shame that the best teams aren't allowed to play in the playoffs.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 26, 2013, 09:00:17 AM
The Saints should only be judged on their away record.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 26, 2013, 12:23:01 PM
No - it's a shame that the best teams aren't allowed to play in the playoffs.

I know it's not a perfect system but I think it does even itself out as the the strong divisions tend to go in cycles.  It wasn't so long ago (2010) that the NFC West was rubbish and Seattle won the division with a 7-9 record and the 10-6 Giants and Buccs missed the playoffs.

People talk about expanding the playoffs but I think that wouldn't make much difference there are rarely enough good teams for 12 playoff spots as it is.




Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 26, 2013, 04:41:40 PM
It's what happens if you pre-group teams.  Realistically Arizona are way better than whoever finishes 6th in the AFC.

If you want to see how silly things can get, have a look at the NBA tables.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 29, 2013, 07:51:32 PM
Aren't you supposed to throw the ball to a player with the same colour shirt?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on December 29, 2013, 08:27:25 PM
Eli Manning  - lovely pass to a 'Skin, who deflected it towards a Giant who was so completed confused he pushed it towards another 'Skin who said thank you very much and ran it 25 yards out - shambles.
And then a 'Skins fumble. Nice wet weather, nice slick ball.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 29, 2013, 08:54:20 PM
As it turns out, all we had to do was beat either the Bills or the Jests, both of which are rubbish...

 ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 30, 2013, 12:47:54 AM
So next weekends Wildcard games will be:

AFC
Chiefs @ Colts
Chargers @ Bengals

NFC
49ers @ Packers
Saints @ Eagles or Cowboys


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 30, 2013, 02:41:23 AM
The Browns have fired Head Coach Rob Chudzinski


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 30, 2013, 03:24:14 AM
Times for Wild Card games next weekend:

Saturday:
AFC 21:35 (GMT) Chiefs @ Colts
NFC 01:10 (GMT) Saints @ Eagles

Sunday:
AFC 18:05 (GMT) Chargers @ Bengals
NFC 21:40 (GMT) 49ers @ Packers

Divisional Round :

Saturday 11th:
NFC 21:35 (GMT) @ Seahawks
AFC 01:15 (GMT) @ Patriots

Sunday 12th:
NFC 18:05 (GMT) @ Panthers
AFC 21:40 (GMT) @ Broncos


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 30, 2013, 04:25:43 AM
So it doesn't matter who's at QB for the Cowboys you can rely on him to thrown and INT at a key moment in the game to gift the win to the opposition.

So the Eagles win and clinch the no3 seed in the NFC


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 30, 2013, 02:01:08 PM
The Browns have fired Head Coach Rob Chudzinski
Did they wait until the team was in the dressing room?  Did they announce over the PA "Would Mr Chudzinki please report  to the owner's box"??

I sometimes wonder if there is anything that the coach can do in many cases.  Here is another version of the AFC North:
Bengals  126
Steelers 123
Ravens   121
Browns   113

The numbers refer to the number of millions of dollars on payroll per team. 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 30, 2013, 02:04:37 PM
The Browns have always been cheap.

As I recall, Rob Chudzinski was very well regarded when he was appointed.

I expect the Dolphins to sack at least the OC...

Can't believe the Chargers made the playoffs.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 30, 2013, 02:14:53 PM
I'd expect the Dolphins to try to build a new offensive line.

Miami are even cheaper - $109M. 

And the Chargers turned out to be the least bad team to get through.

Viking fire Leslie Frazier


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 30, 2013, 02:22:54 PM
Miami look cheap but that is because Jeff Ireland has been very clever playing with the numbers...and I expect O-line to be a draft priority.  We have shown this season that we can beat good teams - we need to work out how to beat the rubbish ones.  4 losses to Buffalo, Tampa and the Jests...

The good news is that the Jests are not firing Wrecks, and they probably think Geno is the answer after yesterday.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 30, 2013, 03:00:11 PM
Redskins fire Mike Shanhan


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 30, 2013, 03:54:00 PM
And their trade to get RGIII is turning out to have been very expensive...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 30, 2013, 05:04:40 PM
Tampa Bay fire Greg Schiano and GM Mark Dominik


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 30, 2013, 05:33:28 PM
Have we had Detroit yet?  I can't keep up with these goings and goings.

Quote
oach Jim Schwartz was fired Monday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a team source. Schwartz's fate was sealed when the Lions failed to make the playoffs. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported per a team source that Lions president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew are safe.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 30, 2013, 05:35:48 PM
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000307031/article/ny-jets-celebrate-announcement-of-rex-ryans-return (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000307031/article/ny-jets-celebrate-announcement-of-rex-ryans-return)

Should be Pats, Bills & Phins celebrate...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 30, 2013, 06:28:34 PM
Seems no Jests fans thought they would get to 8-8 so it was cause for celebration...and they have a young an up and coming team (again...just like when Wrecks first appeared...)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 30, 2013, 07:22:58 PM
The Jests have the 7th youngest roster by average age:

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/09/nfl-teams-ranked-by-average-age/


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 30, 2013, 10:33:02 PM
49ers sign CB Perrish Cox.

They had a free roster spot after putting Mario Manningham on IR.

Cox was drafted by the Broncos in 2010, was released in 2011 then signed by the 49ers in March 2012 he played in 25 games for the 49ers but was released in November of this year, he was then signed by the Seahawks (the 49ers and Seahawks have been signing up each others cast offs for a while) He played in two games for Seattle before he was released again on Dec 27th.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 01, 2014, 02:32:43 PM
Texans appoint Bill O'Brien as head coach
link (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000307822/article/bill-obrien-houston-texans-reach-coaching-agreement?campaign=Ext_Email_1st10_20140101&cvosrc=Ext_Email.Epsilon.1st10_20140101)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 02, 2014, 11:46:06 AM
Tampa Bay Buccanners hire ex Chicago Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith
LINK (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000308084/article/lovie-smith-tampa-bay-buccaneers-finalizing-contract)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 02, 2014, 04:20:22 PM
The Bears sing QB Jay Cutler to a 7 year contract extention

Link (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000308197/article/jay-cutler-resigns-with-chicago-bears-through-2020)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 02, 2014, 06:28:34 PM
The NFL has not had a playoff blackout since 2002, this weekend there could be 3 as the Bengals, Colts and Packers are all struggling to sell out their wild card games


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 02, 2014, 08:05:06 PM
The Bears sing QB Jay Cutler to a 7 year contract extention

Link (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000308197/article/jay-cutler-resigns-with-chicago-bears-through-2020)

I hope they have a very good reason for doing that...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 02, 2014, 08:07:35 PM
The Bears sing QB Jay Cutler to a 7 year contract extention

Link (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000308197/article/jay-cutler-resigns-with-chicago-bears-through-2020)

I hope they have a very good reason for doing that...

What singing him  :D just noticed my typo DOH!


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 02, 2014, 08:17:58 PM
Tampa Bay Buccanners hire ex Chicago Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith
LINK (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000308084/article/lovie-smith-tampa-bay-buccaneers-finalizing-contract)
So they gave that a lot of thought then.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 02, 2014, 08:22:12 PM
Time for my predictions:

Colts
Eagles
Bengals
49ers



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 02, 2014, 08:23:56 PM
Time for my predictions:

Colts
Eagles
Bengals
49ers



In my weekly NFL Pick'em game that's exactly what I picked


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 02, 2014, 08:24:38 PM
Probably the saddest photo of a mascot ever (http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/12/the-dallas-cowboys-mascot-took-the-saddest-picture-of-the-year/)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 02, 2014, 08:35:46 PM
The Bears sing QB Jay Cutler to a 7 year contract extention

Link (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000308197/article/jay-cutler-resigns-with-chicago-bears-through-2020)

I hope they have a very good reason for doing that...

What singing him  :D just noticed my typo DOH!

I think that is preferable to signing him...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 02, 2014, 08:38:36 PM
Time for my predictions:

Colts
Eagles
Bengals
49ers



I don't think the Chiefs are ready to go home just yet...

Chiefs
Eagles
Bengals
49ers


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 02, 2014, 08:40:49 PM
The Bears sing QB Jay Cutler to a 7 year contract extention

Link (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000308197/article/jay-cutler-resigns-with-chicago-bears-through-2020)

I hope they have a very good reason for doing that...

What singing him  :D just noticed my typo DOH!

I think that is preferable to signing him...

I now have this vision of a group of bears singing the words "Jay Cutler" while staring at a contract extension on a desk :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 02, 2014, 09:36:14 PM
 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 02, 2014, 09:38:29 PM
There's a power struggle going on in Miami - the owner wants to get rid of the OC but the HC has the power to hire and fire...and the HC and the OC go back a long, long way.  I think the HC is the only person connected with the Dolphins who wants the OC to stay...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 03, 2014, 07:50:56 AM
I think that they should sack the head coach and the offesive co-ordinator.  At least that way, they'll have an idea of what the Quarterback feels like.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 03, 2014, 11:07:51 AM
 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 03, 2014, 06:35:01 PM
Lambeau field today

https://twitter.com/ErinAndrews/status/419174171038326784


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 03, 2014, 07:48:57 PM
What do you expect?  It is stupid playing football there really.  Indeed, the NFL are wondering why a team as average as the Packers should get home field advantage. 

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000308443/article/nfl-to-consider-reseeding-playoffs-purely-by-record (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000308443/article/nfl-to-consider-reseeding-playoffs-purely-by-record)

If the teams were ranked purely on record, how would the playoffs look? 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 03, 2014, 08:07:42 PM
What do you expect?  It is stupid playing football there really.  Indeed, the NFL are wondering why a team as average as the Packers should get home field advantage. 

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000308443/article/nfl-to-consider-reseeding-playoffs-purely-by-record (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000308443/article/nfl-to-consider-reseeding-playoffs-purely-by-record)

If the teams were ranked purely on record, how would the playoffs look? 

What their talking about is reseeding so it wouldn't alter the teams in the playoffs just the way their seeded so the same division winners would get in ahead of teams with better records just wouldn't be ranked ahead of teams with better records once their in the playoffs so:

NFC:

1: Seattle 13-3
2: Carolina 12-4 ( Carolina wins tie over SF based on winning head to head match up)
3: San Francisco 12-4
4: New Orleans 11-5
5: Philadelphia 10-6
6: Green Bay 8-7-1

So all it would do is reverse the home field advantage in this weekends wild card games with

Green Bay @ San Francisco
Philadelphia @ New Orleans




Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 03, 2014, 08:37:40 PM
Thanks Mike.

And if that were done, I'd be picking the home teams.  It would be much fairer really.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 03, 2014, 09:34:32 PM
Thanks Mike.

And if that were done, I'd be picking the home teams.  It would be much fairer really.

Me too, but I think the main argument will be that it devalues winning your division in that your not guaranteed a home playoff


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 03, 2014, 11:07:38 PM
Makes a HUGE difference for New Orleans...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 04, 2014, 05:48:35 PM
Leslie Frazier who was fired as HC by the Vikings will be DC in Tampa Bay next season


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 04, 2014, 08:27:13 PM
The Titans have fired Head Coach Mike Munchak


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 04, 2014, 08:59:43 PM
Miami have still done nothing.

There is a feeling that they will not do anything until after the bullygate report comes out, which the NFL are delaying until after the Superbowl, because they wouldn't want it getting in the way of their showcase...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 04, 2014, 09:46:52 PM
Jamal Charles injured on the Chiefs opening drive, been taken to the locker room


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 05, 2014, 01:04:59 AM
The Colts were down 10-28 early in the third quarter, they came back to win 45-44.

Luck threw 3Int but still kept scoring.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 05, 2014, 04:20:34 AM
Saints win on a field goal as time expires 26-24. They'll go to Seattle next week.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 05, 2014, 10:57:13 AM
Time for my predictions:

Colts
Eagles
Bengals
49ers



I don't think the Chiefs are ready to go home just yet...

Chiefs
Eagles
Bengals
49ers

I got 50% right.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 05, 2014, 11:13:19 AM
Can't believe the Chiefs did that to me.  Can't believe the Saints win away from home.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 05, 2014, 09:16:38 PM
And as in the NFC the AFC 6th seed Chargers defeat the Bengals on the road 27-10.

The Chargers move on and will play the Broncos in Denver next week.

Dalton will take a lot of the blame for this loss but the Bengals as a team today were terrible.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 05, 2014, 09:18:24 PM
Dalton will never be the one.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 05, 2014, 10:07:19 PM
The two things I dislike in Kaepernick's game on that opening drive:

1: poor clock management, burnt two time outs on that drive.
2: inability to score from 1st and goal. Had to settle for a field goal again.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 05, 2014, 10:19:29 PM
2nd 49ers drive and again they can't score a TD after driving to inside the 5yard line. 6-0.

49ers defense has shut Green Bay down on their first two drives


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 05, 2014, 10:23:50 PM
FGs could be more than enough...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 05, 2014, 10:25:08 PM
After 3 drives the Packers have 6 yards of offense, the 49ers have a 110yards on two drives


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 05, 2014, 10:34:12 PM
Interception, Kaepernick looking for Vernon Davis floated it


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 05, 2014, 10:43:00 PM
Touchdown Packers  >:(


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 05, 2014, 10:52:03 PM
Touchdown 49ers, finally they call a running play in the red zone and Gore scores. Came after a long Kaepernick scramble


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 05, 2014, 11:07:46 PM
After some poor clock management by the Packers and thanks to a penalty they have to settle for a FG, it's 13-10 to the 49ers at half time


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 05, 2014, 11:25:49 PM
The 49ers just burned a time out on their first play of the 2nd half  ::)

And they go three and out with Kaepernick sacked on third down


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on January 05, 2014, 11:36:17 PM
I love seeing the brown field, and the steamy breath from the players.  Plus the uniforms it almost seems an old-school football game.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 05, 2014, 11:58:43 PM
No score in the third quarter, but the Packers have the ball and are moving down field.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 06, 2014, 12:08:43 AM
Rodgers keeps a play alive when it looked like he was sacked and completes a pass to inside the 5 yard line.

After a Lacy run on first down they hand it off to fullback Kuhn for the TD 17-13 to the Packers.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 06, 2014, 12:16:15 AM
It was 4th down on the play when Rodgers escaped and Evan Dietrich-Smith got away with a big hold to help him escape ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 06, 2014, 12:18:08 AM
49ers answer with a 28yard TD pass to Vernon Davis 20-17 to the 49ers 10:31 remaining


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 06, 2014, 12:30:59 AM
49ers hold the Packers to a FG.
20-20 5:06 remaining


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 06, 2014, 12:41:49 AM
Kaepernick picks up a huge 3rd and 8 with a minute to go. 49ers are in FG range both teams have 1 TO left


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 06, 2014, 12:45:32 AM
Green Bay use their last time out. 49ers have a third down at the Packers 20 they need 3. Gore picks up the first down. Or does he they decide to measure.. it's first down. Gore to the 14 yard line. 49ers take a time out with 2 seconds left.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 06, 2014, 12:47:10 AM
Phil Dawson kicks a 33 yard field goal to win the game 23-20 for the 49ers :)

Bring on the Panthers in Carolina next week.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on January 06, 2014, 01:02:50 AM
It was 4th down on the play when Rodgers escaped and Evan Dietrich-Smith got away with a big hold to help him escape ::)

Yeah, that was pretty ridiculous.  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 06, 2014, 09:13:53 AM
Some of the missed holding calls this season have been ludicrous.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 06, 2014, 09:45:20 AM
Some of the missed holding calls this season have been ludicrous.

Last night I reckon Aldon Smith would have had at least 2 more sacks if the very obvious holding had been called, the one they did call came on 3rd down when the 49ers had stopped the packers short of the first down so they declined the penalty anyway.

Also last night the refs seemed quiet content to let corner backs push/pull/grab receivers all they liked, the only they time they called it was on a very obvious jersey pull.  Troy Aikman seemed to suggest they were just letting them play as it was the playoffs ::)

This was Mike Carlson's take on it:

"it was let em play day in green bay. House* mugged everyone & got flagged for tugging a shirt."

*GB corner back who replaced Sam Shields early in the game due to injury

and at the time it happened:

"Finally! You can mug a guy but dont pull the shirt" :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 06, 2014, 11:57:08 AM
My picks for next weekend, I was 2-2 on this past weekend

Seahawks
Colts
49ers
Broncos


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 06, 2014, 12:08:03 PM
My picks for next weekend, I was 2-2 on this past weekend

Seahawks
Colts
49ers
Broncos

I got two right as well.  I'm going for...

Seahawks
Pats
49ers
Broncos


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 06, 2014, 12:16:07 PM
My picks for next weekend, I was 2-2 on this past weekend

Seahawks
Colts
49ers
Broncos

I got two right as well.  I'm going for...

Seahawks
Pats
49ers
Broncos

Seahawks
Patriots
Panthers
Broncos


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 06, 2014, 12:28:32 PM
All home wins James? when 3 out 4 homes teams lost this weekend ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 06, 2014, 01:02:50 PM
But that's why they are discussing changing the format  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 06, 2014, 01:16:11 PM
Wildcard weekend highlights on NFL.com

Chiefs @ Colts (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000309158/article/andrew-luck-grows-legend-with-epic-colts-comeback?campaign=Ext_Email_NL_REG_18_20140106_SF&cvosrc=Ext_Email.Epsilon.NL_REG_18_20140106_SF)

Saints @ Eagles (http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2014010401/2013/POST18/saints@eagles?campaign=Ext_Email_NL_REG_18_20140106_SF&cvosrc=Ext_Email.Epsilon.NL_REG_18_20140106_SF#tab=recap&menu=highlights)

Chargers @ Bengals (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000309755/article/philip-rivers-cerebral-effort-lifts-san-diego-chargers-on-sunday?campaign=Ext_Email_NL_REG_18_20140106_SF&cvosrc=Ext_Email.Epsilon.NL_REG_18_20140106_SF)

49ers @ Packers (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000309715/article/colin-kaepernick-burns-packers-d-with-legs-again?campaign=Ext_Email_NL_REG_18_20140106_SF&cvosrc=Ext_Email.Epsilon.NL_REG_18_20140106_SF)

Playoff Highlights show on C4 tonight 11pm


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 06, 2014, 06:53:39 PM
But in the biggest news...Dolphins fire Mike Sherman  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 06, 2014, 07:01:47 PM
About time  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 06, 2014, 07:15:36 PM
Green Bay's QB coach Ben McAdoo, Kyle Shanahan and Rob Chudzinski being suggested as replacements.

Anyone who can properly use the talents of Tannehill gets my vote - we need some creativity.  Any creativity  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 06, 2014, 09:33:11 PM
Colts sign 34 year old ex Patriots WR Deion Branch

ESPN Report (http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2013/story/_/id/10252482/2013-nfl-playoffs-indianapolis-colts-agree-deion-branch)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 07, 2014, 02:55:37 PM
Kaepernick could have been a Bengal (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000310118/article/mike-brown-wanted-colin-kaepernick-over-andy-dalton)

Apparently Benglas owner Mike Brown wanted Kaepernick and not Dalton in the 2011 draft but Jay Gruden pushed hard for Dalton.

How's that working out for you Jay :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 08, 2014, 12:07:33 AM
Jeff ireland has gone.  I have mixed feelings on this one.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 08, 2014, 08:02:59 AM
I take it that they didn't take your advice on this one then?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 08, 2014, 08:31:07 AM
No, this one is on Ross.

Although some fans seem to think that their letter-writing campaign had something to do with it  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 08, 2014, 09:31:18 AM
Apparently the Vikings and Redskins are interested in 49ers OC Greg Roman.

There's a section of 49ers fans that would be happy to see him go.  They question his play calling and blame him for the superbowl loss when they threw three straight incompletions from inside the 5yard line (they did the same things against the packers this weekend).

I think overall he does a good job but does occasionally over complicate things and I think sometimes this contributes to the confusion at the line of scrimmage that results in the 49ers blowing time outs early in the game although I think Kaepernick is equally to blame for those, especially Sunday when he came out for the 2nd half without his play calling card that he wears on his arm ::)

Overall I think I'd like to keep him as I don't think we'd be where we are without him but I respect his ambitions to be a head coach so I wish him well if he does go.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 08, 2014, 11:03:43 AM
Sounds like Ireland and Philbin fell out, Ross wanted to bring in someone above Ireland, so Ireland wanted out.

Philbin has next year to at least get us to the playoffs or he'll be gone too.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 08, 2014, 01:41:39 PM
yes everything I've read suggests that Ireland would have been stripped of power and control and decided he'd rather leave


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 08, 2014, 02:12:57 PM
Roger Goodell says reseeding of playoffs unlikely to happen:

Interview with Goodell (http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap2000000310682/Roger-Goodell-talks-reseeding-and-expanding-playoffs?campaign=Ext_Email_1st10_20140108&cvosrc=Ext_Email.Epsilon.1st10_20140108)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 10, 2014, 03:55:20 PM
Bengals OC Jay Gruden hired by the Redskins to be their new Head Coach


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 11, 2014, 09:58:42 PM
Seattle managed to score a field goal after making 1 first down and 6 yards...crazy !


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 12, 2014, 06:59:43 PM
So I got both results right yesterday.  Let's see what today brings.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 12, 2014, 10:38:36 PM
Well I'm 2-1 after 3 games this weekend, not watching the Chargers @ Colts game I'll catch up tomorrow.

Glad the 49ers won, bring on the Seahawks :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 12, 2014, 11:16:23 PM
Carolina let me down badly.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 13, 2014, 08:31:16 AM
I got them all right this weekend.   :)   So, that makes 6/8.



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 13, 2014, 08:42:49 AM
3-1 this week makes me 5/8.

Well done Rob on picking them all this weekend.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 13, 2014, 08:53:48 AM
Carolina let me down badly.

I didn't think they played all that badly, they lost to the better team.  I think the occasion got to them a bit and it showed in their ill-discipline. Also I think the Refs missed a couple of calls that could have gone their way, like Boldin's headbutt and the 49ers having 12 men in the huddle before they scored the Vernon Davis touchdown.

In the end the 49ers Defense came up with big plays, twice stopping the panthers on the goal line, sacking Newton 5 times and intercepting him twice.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 13, 2014, 01:54:03 PM
Single game general admission tickets for the NFL games at Wembley go on sale Thursday at 10am


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 13, 2014, 04:19:14 PM
I will try my luck.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 14, 2014, 03:36:39 PM
Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt accepts Titans Head Coach job


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 14, 2014, 05:49:19 PM
Lions hire Jim Caldwell as Head Coach


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 14, 2014, 08:01:07 PM
Dolphins interview everyone they can think of.

Actually, I like the interview list they have put together for both GM and OC - we should end up with someone decent in both positions...unless everyone turns us down...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 14, 2014, 10:24:10 PM
Bill Lazor was interviewed by the Dolphins for the OC position but reports have him going to the Lions.  He was the Eagles QB coach.  He was probably fourth choice in the Dolphins' eyes, behind Ben McAdoo, Gary Kubiak and Kyle Shanahan (probably in that order).


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 15, 2014, 10:21:46 AM
Ben McAdoo has joined the Giants.  Seems like his interview with the Dolphins was merely a courtesy given how quickly his appointment was announced after he had visited with us.

And apparently we have not interviewed Kubiak yet  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 15, 2014, 05:01:46 PM
Bill Lazor was interviewed by the Dolphins for the OC position but reports have him going to the Lions.  He was the Eagles QB coach.  He was probably fourth choice in the Dolphins' eyes, behind Ben McAdoo, Gary Kubiak and Kyle Shanahan (probably in that order).

And now reports have Bill Lazor coming to the Dolphins...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 15, 2014, 07:43:38 PM
Superbowl officials named, Terry McAuly will referee his third Superbowl:

http://nflcommunications.com/2014/01/15/super-bowl-xlviii-officials-named/

(http://thefootballgirl.com/assets/images/McAulay.jpg)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 16, 2014, 10:05:48 AM
Ticketmaster has pretty much crashed.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 16, 2014, 10:16:05 AM
I decided not to risk it and just bought Club tickets instead.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 16, 2014, 01:46:55 PM
Cool will have to have a pre game meet up


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 16, 2014, 02:00:52 PM
Definitely !  I suspect a few other people I already know will be going along, and I am sure to find a few more Dolfans between now and then.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 16, 2014, 03:28:07 PM
The Green Man is always full of NFL fans on game day but if you have any other suggestions I don't mind :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 16, 2014, 06:17:44 PM
two friends from work also got tickets to the Dolphins game


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 16, 2014, 08:36:28 PM
Vikings hire Bengals DC Mike Zimmer as Head Coach


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 16, 2014, 08:59:17 PM
Rifle Wielding Lauren Tannehill Seizes Control of Dolphins Headquarters (http://profootballmock.com/rifle-wielding-lauren-tannehill-seizes-control-dolphins-headquarters/)

Lauren Tannehill, wife of Dolphins QB, left AR-15 rifle in rental car (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24410856/lauren-tannehill-wife-of-dolphins-qb-left-ar-15-rifle-in-rental-car)

Only one of these stories is satire ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 16, 2014, 10:09:17 PM
Vikings hire Bengals DC Mike Zimmer as Head Coach

Vikings also hire Dolphins' LB coach as DC...our LBs were useless as a unit last season, so we're not too sorry he's gone...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 16, 2014, 10:10:57 PM
Jests extend Wrecks for another year, so he could be around for the next two seasons - the rest of the AFC cheers  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 16, 2014, 10:13:48 PM
Rifle Wielding Lauren Tannehill Seizes Control of Dolphins Headquarters (http://profootballmock.com/rifle-wielding-lauren-tannehill-seizes-control-dolphins-headquarters/)

Lauren Tannehill, wife of Dolphins QB, left AR-15 rifle in rental car (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24410856/lauren-tannehill-wife-of-dolphins-qb-left-ar-15-rifle-in-rental-car)

Only one of these stories is satire ::)

I've been pleased with how out of the spotlight she has been through the season - long may that continue.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 17, 2014, 09:30:40 PM
Harvin out for Seahawks (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000314505/article/percy-harvin-declared-out-for-seattle-seahawks)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 17, 2014, 09:50:59 PM
OK, I've got to do my predictions - Seattle & Denver.  I can't see the '9ers or Pats having enough offense.  I hope I'm wrong as I'd prefer to see them both in the Superbowl.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 17, 2014, 09:51:28 PM
NFL Media Officiating video (http://media02.nfl.info/NFL/Media/2013/Video19/Officiating_Media_Video_01-17-14.wmv)

Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino, reviews plays from Divisional weekend.

It didn't play very well in the browser for me so you might want to right click and save as it's a 179mb download.



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 17, 2014, 09:52:59 PM
I'm going to go with 49ers & Broncos.

I can't bring myself to pick Seattle over the 49ers :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 18, 2014, 09:24:14 AM
Well, I suspect one of you will end up being happy as I am picking the Seahawks and the Broncos  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 18, 2014, 02:00:10 PM
 :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 20, 2014, 03:31:15 AM
First up Seahawks won that game fair and square.

I'm so mad though at some the bad officiating in that game, did it make a difference I'm not sure as the 49ers offence just didn't play well enough when it mattered.

After Sherman's post game interview I hope the Broncos run the score up on the Seahawks and the entire Seahawks secondary gets busted for PED use.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 20, 2014, 07:02:56 AM
I find the American attitude about PEDs odd.  I have no idea if anyone is using them, and if they have, the team should be disqualified. 

I think that Denver will win the superbowl.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 20, 2014, 09:50:21 AM
Yes, I agree, I think Denver will win it.  All season I have thought that the Seahawks would, but I just don't see them stopping Denver, and Manning will be the Superbowl and season MVP.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 24, 2014, 12:39:59 PM
Browns hire Bills DC Mike Pettine as head coach


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 24, 2014, 12:41:09 PM
List of 2014 Free Agents by Team (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000316435/article/2014-nfl-free-agents-by-team)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 24, 2014, 06:03:44 PM
Mouse posted this on facebook, More Bad lip reading:

http://youtu.be/rRqKYXcL-2U


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 24, 2014, 09:15:48 PM
Mike Evans declared for the draft too early (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/gil-brandt-texas-m-mike-evans-declared-nfl-205538801--ncaaf.html)

 ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 24, 2014, 11:05:53 PM
You're going first round, Mike !!!

 ;D

Yeah, no way he has declared too early.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 25, 2014, 02:09:50 PM
So Ireland went as the Dolphins' GM and it seemed that Ray Farmer from the Browns was favourite to be selected to replace him...until he suddenly decided to stay with the Browns, which seemed a little bit strange.  Everyone then presumed that Ross was staying with Ireland's right-hand man, Brian Gaine, who is well-respected, and who would be interviewing against Lake Dawson from the Titans and Dennis Hickey from the Bucs.  Presumed, that is, until just as suddenly as Farmer had withdrawn from the race, Nick Caserio of the Pats is being rushed through two interviews and is expressing an interest in the job after having been with the Pats for 16 years.  Naturally, the Dolfan nation is excited at the prospect, and fully expecting him to turn us down  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 26, 2014, 12:09:39 PM
After two interviews Caserio was offered the job and turned it down.

Seems he also just got a pay rise from the Pats.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 26, 2014, 05:28:24 PM
So Dennis Hickey gets the job

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000317901/article/dennis-hickey-hired-as-miam-dolphins-gm


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 26, 2014, 07:44:49 PM
Seems to be a very mixed reaction to the appointment.  He wasn't asked to interview for the vacant GM position with the Bucs...but is said to have been instrumental in their recent FA and draft successes.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 27, 2014, 03:16:29 PM
Just catching up, and apparently Lake Dawson also turned down the position.  Oh. Dear.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 27, 2014, 03:24:36 PM
Here is an excellent summary of the soap opera (http://www.thephinsider.com/2014/1/27/5349040/dolphins-gm-search-a-recap-of-a-crazy-weekend-leading-to-dennis)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: benb on January 27, 2014, 11:00:42 PM
Music related video:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-films-presents/0ap2000000307714/NFL-Films-Presents-Phish-and-Russell-Wilson



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 28, 2014, 03:19:16 PM
Gary Kubiak becomes OC of the Ravens

NFL.com report (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000318359/article/gary-kubiak-hired-to-run-baltimore-ravens-offense?campaign=Ext_Email_1st10_20140128&cvosrc=Ext_Email.Epsilon.1st10_20140128)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 03, 2014, 02:22:57 PM
Yes, I agree, I think Denver will win it.  All season I have thought that the Seahawks would, but I just don't see them stopping Denver, and Manning will be the Superbowl and season MVP.

Should have stuck to my original gut feeling...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on February 03, 2014, 06:18:12 PM
I haven't seen the game.  The re-run is on Sky now.  I think that it was a closer game than some.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on February 03, 2014, 10:24:11 PM
I saw the first Broncos 'drive', chuckled, and switched off the TV.
I've started watching the recording, but haven't reached the actual game.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on February 05, 2014, 12:54:26 PM
I've now managed to watch 70 minutes of my Superbowl recording, and the Seahawks are on their first drive. There was a lot of drivel in the first hour. At this rate the viewing should last me about a week.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on February 14, 2014, 03:42:52 PM
The Report into the Miami Dolphins:

Direct link to the PDF (http://63bba9dfdf9675bf3f10-68be460ce43dd2a60dd64ca5eca4ae1d.r37.cf1.rackcdn.com/PaulWeissReport.pdf)

Also available from www.nfldolphinsreport.com (http://www.nfldolphinsreport.com/)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 14, 2014, 05:21:01 PM
Wow, there goes anything good we had in our O-line...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 11, 2014, 09:25:58 PM
Free Agency started today.

So far the 49ers have signed Antoine Bethea to replace free agent Donte Whitner who looks like he's signing for the Browns.

49ers have also acquired QB Blaine Gabbert in a trade with the Jaguars for an undisclosed draft pick.

They also released CB Carlos Rodgers


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 12, 2014, 08:18:17 AM
The Dolphins trade Jonathan Martin to the 49ers

That was always likely the way Jim Harbaugh talked about his former Stanford player


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 12, 2014, 09:09:23 AM
That should add a new dimension to Kap's running game...regardless of everything else, Martin just turned out to be not very good.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 12, 2014, 10:53:41 AM
That should add a new dimension to Kap's running game...regardless of everything else, Martin just turned out to be not very good.

I don't envisage him starting on the 49ers o-line anytime soon!

I wonder if 49ers GM Trent Baalke is just getting his own back for Harbaugh's rumoured talks with the Browns by signing crap players for him, Bethea I understand and I think is quite a good signing but Blaine Gabbert really! We're taking on Jaguars rejects now!

Although I'm happy to get Bethea he wasn't my first choice of DB from the Colts, I was hoping Vontae Davies would want to come and play on the same team as his brother :)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 12, 2014, 03:24:17 PM
I really do not understand how Vontae is getting the money he is getting - there is a whole ton of potential in there but his head is never going to let him realise it...  We got Brent Grimes who is better for less.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 12, 2014, 10:36:51 PM
Browns leaked their free agent board when their GM came out for a press conference...

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bijo_yoCIAA8QTg.png:large)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on March 13, 2014, 09:03:49 AM
Eric Decker to the Jests ::)

I thought Decker would have had better offers, $36.25 million over five years with $15 million in guarantees. By that I mean I thought he could have made similar money at a different team. Why go to a club without a decent QB ::)



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 13, 2014, 09:50:53 AM
A comment on the Phinsider was that the Jests needed a WR with his height to catch all the wayward passes  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Dave J on March 13, 2014, 02:38:40 PM
As a Raiders fan I'd just like to say how (not) happy I am at all the defensive free agents the Broncos are signing. They dominated the AFC West last season just by it's offence and now they're upgrading their D. As Capt E. Blackadder once said "I think the phrase rhymes with clucking bell"


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on June 04, 2014, 08:14:53 PM
Breaking News:

49ers sign Colin Kaepernick to a 6 year contract extension through 2020 , contract worth up to a maximum $126 Million, the deal includes $60million guaranteed.

via NFL.com  (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000356009/article/colin-kaepernick-49ers-reach-sixyear-deal-extension)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on June 04, 2014, 09:45:22 PM
you could subsidize a bunch of proggers and run several festivals for that money.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 26, 2014, 09:21:22 AM
DEF LEPPARD TO PERFORM PRE-GAME SHOW AT RAIDERS/DOLPHINS WEMBLEY GAME

LINK (http://www.nfluk.com/news/internationalseries/article-1/Def-Leppard-to-perform-pre-game-show-at-RaidersDolphins-Wembley-game/c18a375c-a913-4f87-87eb-5796223792ac)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 10, 2014, 02:09:30 PM
Got my tickets through yesterday, and not seen Def Lep in years...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on October 26, 2014, 08:00:04 PM
2 of 8 for 5 yards with 3 interceptions and no TDs, and 1 rush for 0 yards.

Geno Smith may well be a bust  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 11, 2014, 12:08:25 PM
I was at Wembley again on Sunday for the 3rd of 3 games meanwhile the 3 games for next year have been announced:

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins - Week 4: Sunday, October 4

Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars - Week 7: Sunday, October 25

Detroit Lions at Kansas City Chiefs - Week 8: Sunday, November 1

So 3 of the teams that played at Wembley this year return again, for the first time we have a division matchup with the Jest @ Dolphins game and back to back games in week 7 and 8.

Ticket details and kick-off times will be released very soon so keep checking NFLUK.com for updates.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on November 14, 2014, 07:14:50 AM
I am more than happy with the Dolphins coming back again.  US-based Dolphins fans are not so happy, and especially because it is giving up a home division game.  I can see their point, and especially as some teams have not been required to make the trip over yet.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on November 14, 2014, 08:31:04 AM
I can see their point, and especially as some teams have not been required to make the trip over yet.

I guess it's who do you believe, as the NFL have said there's been plenty of interest from Teams wanting to come and play games in London and they have teams interested in being the home team but if that were true why are seeing duplication of the teams playing? Next year will be the Dolphins 3rd game and 2nd as the home team.

Including the announced games for next year 20 of 32 teams will have played a regular season game in London.



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 17, 2014, 09:40:39 AM
Just renewed my season ticket for the 3 games at Wembley next year.

Kept the same seat as I had for the 3 games this year, they've also brought in direct debit as a payment option so I could spread the cost over 3 months rather than pay it all in one go


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on December 31, 2014, 03:33:26 PM
Wrecks Ryan has got an interview with the 49ers.  That should make all 49er fans sooooo happy.

My prediction for Playoff Week 1: Ravens, Colts, Cowboys & Cardinals.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on December 31, 2014, 04:23:58 PM
49ers need someone with an offence mindset, there's not much wrong with the defence and defence is all Wrecks know ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on December 31, 2014, 10:17:45 PM
Wrecks is likely to go to ESPN for a year so people forget what he does as HC...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 05, 2015, 10:34:15 AM

My prediction for Playoff Week 1: Ravens, Colts, Cowboys & Cardinals.


3 out 4 well done Rob.

This week I will go for Patriots, Seahawks, Cowboys & Broncos.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 05, 2015, 07:34:57 PM
Ravens, Seahawks, Packers, Broncos


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 09, 2015, 01:43:19 PM
Jests already eliminated from next years playoffs:

http://profootballmock.com/new-york-jets-somehow-eliminated-next-years-playoffs-already/

 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 10, 2015, 10:42:55 PM
 ;D

Although it could just have easily been written about the Dolphins  :(


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 12, 2015, 11:33:02 AM
So...Manning going to the Broncos...that kinda hasn't fulfilled its potential  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 12, 2015, 11:49:56 AM
So...Manning going to the Broncos...that kinda hasn't fulfilled its potential  ;)

Only watched the highlights but Manning just didn't look with it at all in what I saw, don't think I've ever seen him throw that badly. Although 2006 aside Manning's playoff record isn't great.

So 2 out 4 for me, could have been 3 if it wasn't for that overturn on Dez Bryant's catch ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 12, 2015, 02:39:19 PM
Ravens should have won...

Seahawks and Patriots then, with the Seahawks to win the Superbowl.

I just don't think either the Patriots or the Colts are as good as the positions they now find themselves in.  The Seahawks probably just about are.  Not sure about the Packers...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 12, 2015, 03:08:54 PM
I don't see anyone stopping the Seahawks repeating at this point, they look like the best team left.

In other news Wrecks is the new coach of the Buffalo Bills


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 12, 2015, 06:06:30 PM
The Bills already have an excellent Defence and Wrecks has shown he cannot develop QBs, so I am not convinced by this...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 12, 2015, 10:41:23 PM
That's what I thought too  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 13, 2015, 12:31:33 PM
John Fox out as head coach at Denver, and their co-ordinators have been given permission to talk to other teams as the new head coach will have permission to bring in his own staff.

OC Adam Gase has a 2nd interview with the 49ers today



Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 14, 2015, 11:54:44 AM
Jests hire former Cardinals DC Todd Bowles to be their next head coach.

49ers OC Greg Roman will move to the Bills as OC there.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 14, 2015, 02:12:22 PM
Todd Bowles was with the Dolphins and became interim HC when Tony Fistpump moved on - should turn out to be a good hire by the Jests.

I see Wrecks sacked the DC at the Bills who had done such a terrible job last season  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 19, 2015, 10:02:08 AM
I should never have got two out of two this week.

Read a very interesting comment in a Pats game report that the writer did not think the Colts are a top 5 team or even close to it - if that is true then it just goes to show how very important having an elite QB is.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 19, 2015, 02:22:29 PM
That Seahawks v Packers game was crazy last night, I thought the packers were safe and then they threw it all away. Trick play, onside kick, 2pt conversion all things they should have stopped by the time it went to overtime there was only going to be one winner the Packers were playing terrible by that point and the Seahawks had all the momentum and just blew them away with two long pass plays in OT.

I haven't watched the other game but have seen the score so probably won't watch it all, blow outs aren't fun to watch.

Seahawks to repeat.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 19, 2015, 04:12:41 PM
Was it?  I watched until about 5 minutes to go and then, being very tired, I went to bed.  It seemed very dreary; Seattle were dreadful. 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 19, 2015, 04:23:49 PM
Was it?  I watched until about 5 minutes to go and then, being very tired, I went to bed.  It seemed very dreary; Seattle were dreadful. 

Yes Seattle were dreadful and I too was ready for bed with 5 minutes to go, but I left the TV while I went to brush my teeth came back and Seattle had the ball back and Lynch had just put them in position to score. So I ended up watching till the end at 11:45pm.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 20, 2015, 11:11:33 AM
If Seattle play that badly again they will lose, but I cannot see them playing that badly again.

Could actually turn out to be an interesting Superbowl !!!


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 20, 2015, 06:27:35 PM
It's about time a team from Boston won a title.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 21, 2015, 11:36:30 AM
Be nice if a team that didn't cheat could win it  ;)

"The NFL says it is continuing to investigate New England Patriots amid claims 11 balls were deflated in a win that sent them to the Super Bowl.

"We're still awaiting findings," said Troy Vincent, an executive with American football's governing body.

The Patriots beat Indianapolis 45-7 in driving rain and flat balls are said to be easier to catch in wet conditions.

If they are found to have deflated balls intentionally, punishments could include losing a draft pick.

It is thought unlikely the Patriots will lose their place in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in Phoenix, Arizona, on 1 February.

Eleven of the Patriots' 12 allotted game footballs were under-inflated by two pounds per square inch of air, said a report by ESPN."


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on January 22, 2015, 11:30:33 AM
would it not have benefitted both teams?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 22, 2015, 02:36:21 PM
They probably kept handing the inflated one to the Colts  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 22, 2015, 08:35:26 PM
NFL Bad Lip Reading 2015

http://youtu.be/OTRmyXX6ipU

 :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 23, 2015, 09:07:48 AM
I can't believe how much a thing Deflategate has become  ::)

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2339195-is-the-nfl-going-to-let-brady-and-belichick-play-it-for-a-fool




Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 23, 2015, 01:04:37 PM
I do not understand how it would not simply be the same for both teams, but more I do not understand how the zebras did not notice during the game - the ball is given to them after every play, so you would have thought if it was noticeably different they would have done something about it.

Unless they had been paid off, of course  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 23, 2015, 03:01:10 PM
This article suggests that teams use their own footballs when on offence, so the Colts would have been using different footballs:

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/21/7866121/deflated-football-patriots-cheating


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on January 24, 2015, 05:23:57 AM
I'm going to use my own dice.  They might look all white, but I remember where the spots were.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 24, 2015, 09:13:47 PM
You would think that where there is so much money at stake, there would be procedures in place to stop this sort of thing happening on the field.  All that would be needed is for a ball to be used for one play before it is handed back to an official to check and re-inflate if it's been landed on by some lineman. 

Out of interest how easy is it to throw a deflated ball? 

The Pats do seem to make a habit of interpreting the laws in strange ways.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 25, 2015, 06:20:37 PM
Apparently Tom Brady likes throwing balls which are less inflated than the norm.

The refs get handed the ball after every play, so I do not understand how they did not notice at the time.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on January 27, 2015, 07:21:00 AM
It is cold in Boston in January.  It's possible that the refs couldn't feel anything at all.

I think that this whole affair has been blown out of all proportion.  In the end nothing it'll be a complete let down and nothing will happen.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: roger on January 27, 2015, 11:25:27 AM
Just to add to the fun...

fumblers... (http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2015/01/stats_show_the_new_england_patriots_became_nearly_fumble_proof_after_a_2006.html)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 02, 2015, 07:13:47 PM
I didn't watch it...did the Seahawks blow it ?


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on February 02, 2015, 08:39:50 PM
It was never in doubt.  The Seahawks played into the Pats' cunning plan.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 16, 2015, 10:42:23 AM
The Dolphins have had a pretty good Free Agency period so far :

Signed - Suh (DT), McCain (CB), Cameron (TE), and Stills (WR)

Dumped the overpriced Wallace contract, and have a potential replacement in Stills.

Will either retain Clay at the right price or see him go to Buffalo at a high price, and have a replacement in Cameron if he does go, or a dual threat if he stays.

Sorry to see Odrick go, but his price was too high with Suh coming in, and would rather have Suh.

We've not lost anyone crucial and not missed out on anyone we really wanted, so far as I can see.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on March 16, 2015, 03:42:23 PM
It will make no difference.  The best shot of getting into the playoff is an early injury to Tom Brady.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 16, 2015, 08:37:37 PM
I think that's why we signed Suh  ;)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on March 16, 2015, 09:07:30 PM
Tebow is coming back...

"Philadelphia currently has Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley, and G.J. Kinne on the roster. The team traded for Bradford this offseason, and re-signed Sanchez, so it can be assumed that, barring another trade, they will both be on the roster. Tebow could be considered for the third string position if head coach Chip Kelly is impressed with Tebow.

There has been speculation that Tebow, who has been working out with Tom House, Tom Brady's personal quarterback coach, could be looking to make a comeback. House has said Tebow has worked o his mechanics, speeding up his delivery and improving his accuracy. The Eagles appear to be the first team to put that to the test."

He has since left without signing a contract, but several other teams are interested.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on August 11, 2015, 07:09:50 PM
The Jests are back  ;D

Well, things got New York Jets-like pretty quickly today, with head coach Todd Bowles announcing an injury to quarterback Geno Smith. The injury, a broken jaw which required surgery today, will keep Smith out of action for at least 6-10 weeks.

What caused this injury?

Smith was punched by a teammate in the locker room before Tuesday's practice.

Bowles announced the injury at a hastily called pre-practice meeting with the media. No details of exactly what led to the altercation, but Bowles told the media that some disagreement that could have been talked out by "sixth graders" led to linebacker IK Enemkpali "sucker punching" Smith in the face. Enemkpali was released immediately.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 11, 2015, 07:58:39 PM
File this under could only happen to the Jests  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on August 11, 2015, 11:56:11 PM
Apparently he thought Geno owed him about $600...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 12, 2015, 11:04:22 AM
Apparently he thought Geno owed him about $600...

Yeah something to do with Geno was supposed to show up at a football camp that the other player had organised and paid for Geno's plane ticket.  Geno didn't show up saying his brother had had an accident and was in hospital and had gone to visit him.

Geno was supposed to pay the money back at training camp


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on August 12, 2015, 01:06:05 PM
So the starting QB is out for up to 10 weeks, and the LB gets cut...all over $600  :o ::)

Welcome to the Jests  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 12, 2015, 01:35:47 PM
So the starting QB is out for up to 10 weeks, and the LB gets cut...all over $600  :o ::)

Welcome to the Jests  :D

Yep the LB's base salary last year was $420,000 with a $19,670 signing bonus.

Geno last year made $633,164 with a signing bonus of $507,655.

So yeah lets fight over $600 ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 26, 2015, 05:11:40 PM
No more free to air NFL in the UK as Sky Sports get the rights to Sunday night football that was previously shown on C4


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on August 26, 2015, 06:30:14 PM
That will drive down the popularity of the sport over here, once again.  They never learn.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on August 26, 2015, 07:11:37 PM
From reading between the lines in Mike Carlson's tweets I think it was a case of C4 not wanting it anymore  ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 07, 2015, 10:55:35 AM
Tebow is coming back...

"Philadelphia currently has Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley, and G.J. Kinne on the roster. The team traded for Bradford this offseason, and re-signed Sanchez, so it can be assumed that, barring another trade, they will both be on the roster. Tebow could be considered for the third string position if head coach Chip Kelly is impressed with Tebow.

There has been speculation that Tebow, who has been working out with Tom House, Tom Brady's personal quarterback coach, could be looking to make a comeback. House has said Tebow has worked o his mechanics, speeding up his delivery and improving his accuracy. The Eagles appear to be the first team to put that to the test."

He has since left without signing a contract, but several other teams are interested.

Tebow was cut by the Eagles and made it through waivers unclaimed ::)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 07, 2015, 04:25:56 PM
I enjoyed the way the Eagles traded Barkley, thereby leaving a roster space available for Tebow, and then cut Tebow  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 10, 2015, 07:04:46 AM
BBC has signed a two year deal to show the Superbowl and the NFL games played at Wembley.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/american-football/34195573

Sky sports are showing six live games from week 1

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Even those without access to Sky Sports can catch some action, with Sunday’s game in Chicago also aired live on Pick TV. That will be the first of several games on an occasional basis to be shown across non-sports channels during the season, including the final six Sunday Night Football games on Sky One. You can find Pick TV on these channels; Freeview (11), Freesat (144), Sky (152), Virgin Media (123).

Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears is a 6pm kickoff on Sunday


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 10, 2015, 07:36:31 AM
Tickets returned from the teams for the Wembley games go on sale today.


Remaining International Series tickets on sale Thursday at 10am.

A select number of tickets, across all games and all price categories, have been returned from participating team allocations.

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins - Sunday, October 4 at 2:30pm
Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars - Sunday, October 25 at 1:30pm
Detroit Lions at Kansas City Chiefs - Sunday, November 1 at 2:30pm


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: RobH on September 14, 2015, 06:19:19 PM
So they are all afternoon games this time.  Which means another game on national TV (6:30 on the west coast). 


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on September 15, 2015, 06:49:34 PM
The AFC East pretty much rules  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on September 15, 2015, 07:42:37 PM
Currently wathing the Vikings @ 49ers game.

Although woke up this morning looked at my phone, saw a notification icon I hadn't seen before clicked on it and it told me the score from the 49ers game.  It's never done that before and it only did it for the 49ers game. How does my phone or whatever app the notification was from know I'm a 49ers fan!!!!


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 08, 2016, 07:05:40 PM
So, the playoffs...

Kansas City -v- Houston

Pittsburgh -v- Cinciinnati

Seattle -v- Minnesota

Green Bay -v- Washington

I'm going for Kansas City, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Green Bay.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 09, 2016, 01:33:37 PM
So, the playoffs...

Kansas City -v- Houston

Pittsburgh -v- Cinciinnati

Seattle -v- Minnesota

Green Bay -v- Washington

I'm going for Kansas City, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Green Bay.

I think Kansas City, Cincinnati, Seattle, Green Bay


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 10, 2016, 10:03:54 PM
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Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 12, 2016, 10:19:29 PM
I think Kansas City, Cincinnati, Seattle, Green Bay

Cincinnati threw that game away ::) but 3 out of 4 ain't bad  8)


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 12, 2016, 10:36:33 PM
Not just Cincinnati - Minnesota should have won it for me as well !!!


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 15, 2016, 10:37:30 AM
49ers hire Chip Kelly...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 15, 2016, 10:54:11 AM
Not surprised by that


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 15, 2016, 11:36:41 AM
I think it could be brilliant, or a disaster...


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 15, 2016, 01:15:46 PM
Funny thing, Kaerpernick's jersey in the 49ers store were all at sale price since they benched him.  Now their back at full price since Chip's appointment  :D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 15, 2016, 01:58:05 PM
 :D

I read one comment saying Kaerpernick would be the perfect QB for Chip if he only had a brain  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 15, 2016, 02:41:08 PM
This weekend:

Kansas City @ New England
Green Bay @ Arizona
Seattle @ Carolina
Pittsburgh @ Denver

My picks:  New England, Arizona, Seattle, Denver


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 15, 2016, 02:49:56 PM
Kansas City, Arizona, Carolina, Denver.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 18, 2016, 08:43:55 AM
This weekend:

My picks:  New England, Arizona, Seattle, Denver

3 out of 4 again, didn't think we'd get all home wins


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 18, 2016, 08:55:20 AM
The Chiefs were never in it, which was disappointing.  Arizona got lucky.

I'm pinning my hopes on Denver and then Carolina  ;D


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 22, 2016, 11:35:46 PM
Here we go then...

New England @ Denver

Arizona @ Carolina

I'm going for Denver and Carolina.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: MikeEvs on January 25, 2016, 08:56:41 PM
Here we go then...

New England @ Denver

Arizona @ Carolina

I'm going for Denver and Carolina.

And you were right,  not seen the past weekend's game as I was in Manchester on Friday & Saturday watching Track Cylcing and London on Sunday to see Threshold


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on January 26, 2016, 08:01:16 AM
I think Denver are going to be crushed in the Superbowl.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: Trace on January 26, 2016, 09:49:21 AM
I think Denver are going to be crushed in the Superbowl.

I think you could be right.
I'm looking forward to seeing what Cam Newton will be wearing in the press conference after the sight of his headgear the other week.


Title: Re: American Football news
Post by: A James on February 08, 2016, 09:53:13 AM
Any Given Sunday, is right